Providing yet another piece of evidence that President Barack Obama is shielding the Islamic State group from destruction by American forces, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee told the Washington Free Beacon that U.S. military pilots have confirmed 75 percent of missions against the group have returned with their ordnance because they couldn’t get clearance to fire.
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., said that an Obama administration policy not to strike if there’s any risk of collateral damage had led to the 75 percent no-fire rate, which has led to the growth of the Islamic State group across Syria and Iraq.
“You went 12 full months while ISIS was on the march without the U.S. using that air power and now as the pilots come back to talk to us they say three-quarters of our ordnance we can’t drop, we can’t get clearance even when we have a clear target in front of us,” Royce said.
“I don’t understand this strategy at all because this is what has allowed ISIS the advantage and ability to recruit.”
Retired four-star Army Gen. Jack Keane agreed with Royce’s assessment.
“This has been an absurdity from the beginning,” Gen. Keane said. “The president personally made a statement that has driven air power from the inception.”
“When we agreed we were going to do air power and the military said, this is how it would work, he (Obama) said, ‘No, I do not want any civilian casualties,’” Keane said. “And the response was, ‘But there’s always some civilian casualties. We have the best capability in the world to protect from civilians casualties.’”
“No, you don’t understand. I want no civilian casualties. Zero,” Obama allegedly demanded.
Of course, Obama now has over 130 civilian casualties on his hands in one French city alone, along with countless civilian casualties from an Islamic State group that’s been thriving in the absence of any serious military challenge from the United States military.
However, unlike Obama, the French seem to get it.
“Believe me,” Keane said, “the French are in there not using the restrictions we have imposed on our pilots.”
It almost makes one think that Barack Obama wants the Islamic State group to win.
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