Air Strikes Done Without Congressional Approval

bombing syria cover“I can confirm that U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against [Islamic State] terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide any additional details at this time.”

Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby’s statement to the media as air strikes over Syria began.

Done without the Constitutionally required Congressional authorization, late Monday night EST, Tomahawk cruise missiles led the way as bombers and fighters were launched from U.S. destroyers in the northern Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. And so the campaign…the limited campaign…against the terror group known as ISIS started. Bombing specifically chosen ISIS targets in Syria, five Arab nations assisted in that bombing as U.S. war planes lead the way. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Jordan were involved in the actual bombing with Qatar doing surveillance work. Odd though isn’t it that none of our European allies…none of our NATO partners…flew with this ‘supposed’ coalition. And odder still is that the U.S. Central Command attacked Khorasan…a network of highly trained and extremely loyal al-Qaeda operatives (more on them later)…separately without the Arab countries joining in.

And also don’t for a minute think Bashir al-Assad didn’t know these attacks were forthcoming…he did.

Five Arab nations took part…four of the five (Jordan being the exception) have supported and funded ISIS in the past…and now they are helping to bomb them…to run ‘limited’ air strikes…’pin-prick’ air strikes if you will…with targets picked to inflict as little damage as possible both collateral and to ISIS itself. So how can these air strikes be successful in destroying ISIS…simply, they cannot. (article continues below video)

Click on photo to see raw footage of bombing strike on ISIS forces in Syria.

And why now…why are these air strikes being conducted now…it’s really quite simple for to save political face as November looms large is paramount above all else for Obama’s losing the peace when George W. Bush had won the war bodes very poorly even with the party faithful.

Now let’s understand that while last night’s mission looks good on the surface… these but 20 or so air strikes primarily done on Raqqa, ISIS’ self-declared capital in eastern Syria…is, in fact, limited in scope as it will NOT destroy ISIS when if done right it could…especially when our military leaders have said that about two-thirds of the estimated 31,000 ISIS militants are currently in Syria. To destroy ISIS you must ‘carpet’ bomb from the air and put ‘boots on the ground’…period. Without ‘boots’ you might destroy some ‘targeted’ command and control centers (centers that have long been evacuated as Obama again told the world basically when we would be taking action thus giving their occupants time to melt into the civilian population), training camps, and weapons caches but you will NOT inflict the much needed body count and that alone would be what cuts the head off the snake so to speak. In fact, The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported this morning that only about 70 ISIS fighters…70 out of 31,000…were killed in last night’s raid with 300 being injured.

US and allies target Islamic State in SyriaNOT enough to make one damn bit of difference.

So the snake still lives but remember, even if the head is cut off the body remains to morph into a different animal, yet at the same time an animal that is really quite the same.

And with rape, torture, beheadings, and death being the calling card of ISIS…there are other groups with the same blood lust waiting in the wings ready to continue on in the quest to kill us all.

And now some in our intelligence community are sounding the alarm about yet another Syrian based group…an al-Qaeda affiliate group known as Khorasan…a group that operates under the cover of Syria’s ongoing civil war but who, unlike with ISIS, we really don’t know their numbers nor their possible weaknesses.

And this is the group Obama claims was getting ready to attack American and western interests, even though there appears to be NO definitive intel of any sort to back that up.

bombing syria6 blast going offHaving ties to the nefarious Jabhat al-Nusra as well…Khorasan is headed by Muhsin al-Fadhli… the de-facto leader of al-Qaeda in Syria and a man who routinely secures funding from donors in Kuwait for many of the al-Qaeda allied rebels in Syria…rebels like the supposedly ‘moderate’ yet anything but Free Syrian Army. And al-Fadhli… who himself has a $7 million bounty on his head… was a member of Osama bin-Laden’s inner circle…so close to bin-Laden in fact that it’s been rumored that al-Fadhli was among a very small group of people who knew about the September 11th attacks before they were set in motion.

And why do we need to be concerned about this little known group especially with the air strikes now ongoing…the why is because Khorasan shows decidedly more interest in attacking our country than ISIS does even with their social media campaign of videos of beheadings…videos made to threaten and instill fear in we infidels. And even with ISIS’ known blood lust and brutality there are differences between these two groups for while ISIS continues to push hard for establishing the regional islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and spreading outward from there, actually attacking the U.S. homeland is more of an afterthought for them…words spoken for shock value and for diversionary purposes to take the world’s eyes off the atrocities committed in the lands they control. Khorasan, on the other hand, shows little political interest in either the war in Syria or in Iraq nor are they particularly active in ISIS’ and al-Nursa’s joint quest to overthrow the government of Bashir al-Assad…their goal is to wage jihad on America and the west…period.

bombing syria7 black and whiteSo while ISIS has somewhat broken ties with al-Qaeda…at least that’s what they and al-Qaeda want us to believe…the fact is that it’s senior al-Qaida members from throughout the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa who comprise the membership of Khorasan. And Khorasan was sent to operate in Syria by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, with its primary goal being to recruit those holding westerner passports into its fold…westerners who would be trained in jihad…specifically trained in bomb making through Khorasan’s direct ties to infamous Yemeni bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri…recruits who would then go back to their home countries to join sleeper cells and await their call to jihad…that is if they ‘sleep’ so to speak and NOT jump the gun by acting as ‘lone wolves’ going out on their own.

And acting as ‘lone wolves’ is one very serious possibility as these young jihadis can’t wait to blow themselves up…to be martyrs in the name of allah.

Also a group to be feared and watched while ISIS gets ‘selectively’ bombed is Jabhat al-Nusra…the only faction in position to actually benefit from these air strikes that might weaken ISIS somewhat. But what threat do they pose to our homeland as it would be them who would fill the immediate void if ISIS was able to be taken out.

bombing syria8 tomahawk being launchedDirectly tied to al-Qaeda and second only to ISIS in its brutality and numbers, Jubhat al-Nusra also attracts many foreign fighters to its fold. And these foreign fighters, unlike those aligned with and fighting alongside ISIS in the field, are similar to those aligned with Khorasan in that they are are specifically being trained to act as ‘lone wolves’… and that makes them as dangerous a threat to us as Khorasan…for one NEVER knows when and where a ‘lone wolf’ might strike.

And so now we wait to see what tonight and tomorrow will bring, and we wait to see if this ‘supposed’ coalition will hold together. But even if it does these ‘limited’ air strikes will NOT get the job done and ISIS’ anger will grow strong…strong enough that other terrorists groups might very well merge with them to fight back…to fight back en-masse so that even American ‘boots on the ground’ might NOT be able to stop them…and if that’s the case God help us all.

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