US Pilots complain they can’t shoot at ISIS- whose War is this?

By Faye Higbee

“There were times I had groups of ISIS fighters in my sights, but couldn’t get clearance to engage… They probably killed innocent people and spread evil because of my inability to kill them. It was frustrating.” Navy F-18 Pilot


The F18 is armed to the teeth- but are pilots allowed to engage the enemy?

Two of today’s headlines held examples of the administration’s failure to kick some enemy butt with any degree of military might.  We have the finest military in the world, but they are literally hamstrung by the man in the White House – who hates them.

Fox News article dated May 28 states that every time a pilot requests to strike a target, the request can take just under an hour for permission… precious minutes that could make the difference between actually hitting the target or allowing them to escape. It actually explains a lot.

So do you really think that we can’t win this war because ISIS is so strong, or is it because of the “micro-managing” by people who don’t WANT us to win it?

An Air Strike Drizzle

“The ultimate guidance rests in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We have been applying air power like a rain shower or a drizzle — for it to be effective, it needs to be applied like a thunderstorm.” Lt Gen David Deptula, former director of Combined air Operations Center in Afghanistan in 2001.

With as little as 14 strikes per day, that’s an understatement. During the 2003 infamous “shock and Awe” campaign, there were up to 800 sorties per day, according to the General. The Gulf War in 1991 had up to 1,125 per day.

Why the ‘dumb down’ of our military power?

It all comes down to the view of the White House that the conflicts with ISIS in the Middle East are “THEIR” fight, not ours. Just like refusing to take responsibility for his actions in anything, this President feels that everything is always someone else’s fault and someone else’s problem.

“The United States is not going to be responsible for securing the security situation inside of Iraq.” Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary

The WH “strategy” (using the term loosely) is to ‘train and equip Iraqis’ and that’s as far as they will go. The difficulty lies in the fact that it appears we are equipping ISIS more often than the Iraqis, and instead of hitting them hard enough to make a difference, we deepen the Rules of Engagement to prevent Americans from doing anything.

When the Iraqis run from battles, everyone loses. When Americans cannot engage the enemy, the enemy grows in strength.

It is evident that the White House does not WANT us to succeed in stopping ISIS or any other violent jihadi group in the Middle East. And there in lies the issue- they’re not just in the Middle East- we have them on our own soil, as do other nations across the globe. It’s our fight too.