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Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say
WaPo ^ | 6/16/2014 | Craig Whitlock

Posted on 06/19/2014 11:50:47 AM PDT by mojito

The Defense Department has enough forces in the Persian Gulf to conduct airstrikes that would probably prevent Sunni insurgents from marching into Baghdad, but other missions would be far more complex and risk drawing the United States back into an Iraqi civil war, according to retired military commanders.

The Pentagon announced that the USS Mesa Verde, an amphibious transport dock ship, had arrived in the gulf on Monday to join an aircraft carrier, a destroyer and a guided-missile cruiser. Together, the warships carry a large number of fighter jets and search-and-rescue aircraft, along with Tomahawk cruise missiles and other ordnance, that would give President Obama an assortment of tactical options should he decide to take military action in Iraq.

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The Pentagon’s ability to deploy drones to conduct surveillance and carry out airstrikes — a move endorsed by many in Congress — may be limited. The U.S. military has Predator and Reaper drones at several bases in the region but would have to get permission from reluctant host countries to use them in Iraq.

Targeting fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would not be difficult if they continue to advance toward Baghdad along highways and other visible routes, the former military commanders said. But airstrikes would become far more complicated if the insurgents stay within the cities they have taken control of in recent weeks, raising the likelihood of civilian casualties.

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Without forces on the ground to verify that U.S. airstrikes had hit legitimate military targets, the United States would become more vulnerable to enemy propaganda about mass civilian casualties, said Gary Roughead, a retired four-star admiral and chief of naval operations from 2007 to 2011.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; drones; iraq; isil; isis; obama
Barry said at his presser today that he's considering airstrikes, but no US troops committed to combat.

This WaPo story from a couple of days ago indicates that some ground forces are necessary to conduct effective airstrikes; hence, no ground forces, no airstrikes.

1 posted on 06/19/2014 11:50:47 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

shock n awe is just not an Obama thing...


2 posted on 06/19/2014 11:52:17 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

Obama would no problem with a lot of shock n awe on US citizens


3 posted on 06/19/2014 11:53:39 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Tennessee Nana

But shuck and jive is!


4 posted on 06/19/2014 11:54:21 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Neither is committing to a course of action.

Now “dithering” and “prevaricating” - those are Barry at his best.


5 posted on 06/19/2014 11:55:41 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito
Barry said at his presser today that he's considering airstrikes, but no US troops committed to combat.

Airstrikes aren't combat?

6 posted on 06/19/2014 11:56:21 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: mojito
~~~Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say~~~

Yeah, you'd have to identify an ISIS convoy, laze the target and press the pickle button.

That's pretty complicated.

Or are they carrying missiles from Libya?

7 posted on 06/19/2014 11:57:47 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: mojito

I don’t understand? Do we not see these people approaching the refinery? Bagdhad? Any other rag road they may be on??

What’s so hard about a strafing run? A good old fashioned AC-130 obliterating anything squirming.

Send a note: if you’re friendly, GET OUT. Anyone still there gets vaporized. I’m so over the muzzies.

Friendly fire??? I see no friends.....


8 posted on 06/19/2014 11:58:06 AM PDT by TangledUpInBlue (I have no home. I'm the wind.)
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To: DoodleDawg

Just more word-parsing from the Obama administration.

Don’t worry - it will work on liberal idiots and fools.


9 posted on 06/19/2014 11:58:51 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: mojito
A hand full of Special Forces in Afghanistan armed with laser target designators to spot targets for JDAM laser guided bomb attacks routed the Taliban in the space of several months.

We have 1000x times the capabilities now that we did then.

The ISIS al-qaeda insurgents would not stand a chance if our military decided to get serious with them.

10 posted on 06/19/2014 11:59:11 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: DoodleDawg

Does Congress no longer have the responsibility to approve military actions against another country?

Wretches.


11 posted on 06/19/2014 12:03:53 PM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: TangledUpInBlue

Remember Benghazi? Stinger missiles to Syria?

AC130 against our technology (stingers) is not a good bet.

This admin is corrupt and inept.


12 posted on 06/19/2014 12:04:19 PM PDT by affan76
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To: the anti-mahdi
Does Congress no longer have the responsibility to approve military actions against another country?

Have you been watching the news lately? Most of the Republicans in Congress seem pissed that we aren't in combat in Iraq.

13 posted on 06/19/2014 12:07:05 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

They can require authorization from congress. And, since this will be pin-prick strikes with no end-game strategy, the whole discussion stinks of waste and tragedy.

If we do not intend to occupy and slaughter Iraqis until they beg us to stop and will agree to unconditional surrender, well, it is just another meatgrinder to put our sons and daughters into.

Let them kill each other. Saves us the effort and expense. I don’t care, I really don’t.

How about this, protect our own borders and let the Satanists worry about theirs.


14 posted on 06/19/2014 12:12:01 PM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: F15Eagle

Exactly. How hard can it be? They ought to put in Lois Lerner as SoD, as she seems to be the only one around who is good at targeting.


15 posted on 06/19/2014 12:17:01 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: F15Eagle

Right, “O” understands warfare just about as well as he understands anything else...


16 posted on 06/19/2014 12:17:06 PM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: DoodleDawg
Airstrikes aren't combat?

I was not as precise as I should have been. 0bama said there would be no sizable commitment of US ground forces to combat in Iraq, but that he has not "ruled out" airstrikes.

17 posted on 06/19/2014 12:19:36 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Nancy Boy Obama has snatchd defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq.

Now that he knows his tactics work he is doing the same thing in Afghanistan.


18 posted on 06/19/2014 12:39:32 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: TangledUpInBlue
Meanwhile drones that hit wedding parties and school children in Pakistan and Afghanistan mountains are acceptable loss of life.

ISIS is a rogue terrorist group, not doing the terrorist things the US trained and armed them to do. They're a danger to everyone and should be eliminated while they're still in identifiable columns in the desert. Instead Obama wants the rest of Iraq and the US to be sympathetic to Sunni sympathy for their terror.

Does anybody really know what ISIS will do next? Add that to the out-of-control maniacs BokaHaran and it's apparent that this is the real threat....terrorists so bad that AlQaida disavows them.

19 posted on 06/19/2014 12:50:19 PM PDT by grania
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To: mojito
The complicated part is getting Obama to approve it. The targets are his people, after all.

-PJ

20 posted on 06/19/2014 12:53:14 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: mojito

“I say we take off, nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”


21 posted on 06/19/2014 1:08:49 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: mojito

So has al-Maliki agreed to resign?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/19/us-weighs-pressing-iraqi-leader-to-step-down-as-part-effort-to-quell-sectarian/


22 posted on 06/19/2014 1:49:26 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: F15Eagle

this is the reason God created armed drones and cruise missiles. kill a thousand sunnis and hit happy hour in vegas.
win win


23 posted on 06/19/2014 4:53:17 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (quatre bras AND ligny)
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To: bravo whiskey

You can actually have the drone laze the target. No need for GPS / lasing from ground troops. And then there are the bomb-sights superimposed that show impact points.


24 posted on 06/19/2014 4:58:15 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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