American warplanes were diverted from an offensive launched against the Islamic State last week by U.S.-backed rebels in Syria in order to bomb a more enticing target in Iraq, withdrawing air support at a critical moment and contributing to the failure of the rebel operation, according to U.S. officials familiar with the incident.Read the entire story but this is my fear realized. The difference? Instead of rebels being left in a lurch its US Marines.
Aircraft assigned to provide cover for the offensive, launched June 28 to capture the eastern Syrian town of Bukamal, were ordered in the middle of the operation to leave the area and head instead to the outskirts of Fallujah, in neighboring Iraq, the officials said.
Considering the statements made by General Davis with regard to how he sees the F-35 fitting into the greater air campaign is it any wonder that this is a concern?
If not it should be!
Is it so difficult to imagine a Marine Battalion engaging with the enemy and some Air Winger prioritizing the air campaign ahead of supporting the guys on the ground? This is almost criminal. Someone saw a fat juicy target and left our allies on a short branch. I guess the visuals of US planes blowing up a convoy were more important than giving the people that thought we were supporting them the help that they required.