The general said: “In Libya we went after [Libyan leader] Kadhafi’s centres of gravity… it was by attacking these centres that we managed to topple Kadhafi, not by firing at 150 pick-up trucks a day. Otherwise we would still be there.Here.
“It is exactly the same problem in Iraq today. We are shooting at the frontline but behind that we need to concentrate on the centres of gravity.”
I don't quite know what to make of this. First, the Libyan thing was a Brit/French initiative where we "followed" and then did most of the work. Second, the French again are involved in this activity and allied partner relationships means that issues like this should be handled privately...they could work it out or the French could go after the targets they deem important on their own.
But that's the rub isn't it. The French forces are light. What this guy is actually doing is trying to tell the USAF what to do with ITS aircraft. I even doubt that the French could actually launch the kind of strikes that he wants on their own.
Long story short. I'm betting word is getting out that something catastrophic is about to happen and the blame game is getting warmed up.