Iraq Update 6.26.2014
With sectarian boundaries ever more delineated in fracturing Iraq, American public opinion is fairly split right down the middle as to how much our own military should be involved in the melee. Younger Americans tend to believe “this is not our war” as the aptly titled article on Slate reads this morning. Older Americans, who well recall that “doing too little too late” can result in disaster. Many Americans still have clear memories of the opening moments of World War 2, when the UK stalled and did nothing during the opening salvos of Hitler’s ‘blitzkrieg’ European land grab, only to be suddenly showered with bombs and have their nation nearly destroyed by a newly out-of-control fascist Germany.
Inaction is a bold and somewhat reckless gamble. Moderate military action may be ineffective and futile. Bold aggressive military action risks the ire of the American people, who it’s reasonable to assume, are both sick and tired or war, and sick and tired of the Mideast saga that never ends, which has already nearly bankrupted the nation, if truth be told.
Since there will be no official ‘boots on the ground’, I continue to make a loud call for an army of US military drones be unleashed on ISIS strongholds which would rival the locusts of Egypt, with US intelligence directing their strikes to decimate leadership in the ranks of the ISIS army. Find the head of the snake and cut it off. Use drones to do this. Keep our people out, but send the robots IN, and keep them there. Make the daily existence of an ISIS foot soldier so miserable that the YouTube recruiting videos made by ISIS are replaced with new footage showing scenes of their own armies’ carnage, brought about by US military drone strikes which never end. Make it worth the untold billions we have spent on this military technology and USE the DRONES to put an end to the expansion of the ISIS insurgency.
From assault “hummingbirds” to nano insect drones, to the clomping stomping mule drones, overhead assault drones, everything we’ve got: use advanced drone robotics to fight the ISIS insurgency – and do it with enough finesse to have justified the expense of building and developing these little high tech killing machines. Go after it. Now is the moment for the US military to actually show forth a glimmer of brilliance on the battlefield in [what used to be ] Iraq, without the loss of another single living US soldier in Iraq. That’s what I want to see happen. American tax dollars paid for all this – let’s actually see what it can do to make it worth the terrible terrible cost of going to war in Iraq.
Because if we do nothing, this – ISIS inspired terror attacks – will all be on our doorstep on US soil in less than 2 years. We need aggressive military brilliance via drone use right now in the northern Iraq wastelands where ISIS has gathered, and we need it now, not later.
Examples of the Newest US Military Drone Technology from DARPA