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originally posted by: tom.farnhill
a reply to: stumason
you might be forgetting the ship that Israel straffed a while back when the other battle ships were told to stand down and not to assist . i forget the name but i am sure the Americans boys do .
originally posted by: DarthFazer
If they took the air port it wont be for long. We will blow that place to rubble with air strikes. I-sissy will be sitting ducks lol.
originally posted by: DarthFazer
Besides ISIS have to go through King Leonidas brave 300 first. They are going to have a hard time.
originally posted by: MALBOSIA
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
Am I the only one who finds this pretty convenient, considering that Obama just went to congress about putting boots on the ground?
ISIS can't be that stupid?
Apparently nobody told ISIS that when you lob off a bunch of western heads and set a Jordanian on fire, you get a ground war on your turf for the next 15 years. Where have these guys been for the last 15 years? Mexico?
Helicopter gunships engaged fighters in al-Baghdadi, an area almost completely controlled by ISIS. The U.S. has led a coalition of Western and Arab nations to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq since June 2014 and in Syria since September 2014 as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Those airstrikes have consisted of long-range bombing and missile strikes from fixed-wing aircraft. Helicopter operations would require pilots to fly much closer to the combat area.
originally posted by: asmall89
A convenient excuse to go to war. ISIS is just an excuse for us to go to war with Syria and take over the oil interests there. I mean ISIS is an evil organization but we did essentially create them from all our meddling.
originally posted by: stumason
a reply to: crazyewok
Indeed and I said as much on page two - if the base came under genuine threat, massive air power will be brought to bear.
But my comments are dealing with the here and now, coupled with the hubris on display here. People boldly declaring that "artillery and tanks" will be wiped out, when IS has been using both and they haven't. And it won't be the Marines heroically holding off any IS advance on the base like some genetically-enhanced super warriors, but the rain of death from above.
That said, air power alone has never achieved a damn thing. You need boots on the ground and as we've seen from reports in Iraq, even where the Iraqi's are willing to fight, they are up against it.
After 4-5 months of this air campaign, precious little ground has been recaptured from IS and at best, it has only slowed them up as they've had to change how they operate to avoid being hit. As we saw in Kobane, IS had valley's near the town full of thousands of vehicles and fighters untouched by Air strikes and it took a full 4 months of fighting to get them to relent and pull back, even then they still totally surround the town in the nearby villages and hills.
originally posted by: Bloodydagger
300 Jarheads will dispatch of thousands of ISIS before ISIS even puts a dent into their number.
I'm not in the least worried, LOL.
The Marines are one branch of the US Military that you can count on doing damage in large quantities. They are bred for War.