Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bombs Away

According to Ted Cruz and the rest of the GOP candidates, we haven’t done anything over there to kill off ISIS and President Obama is a wimp for not having ordered air strikes to take them out.

The United States Air Force would disagree.

The U.S. Air Force has fired off more than 20,000 missiles and bombs since the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS began 15 months ago, according to the Air Force, leading to depleted munitions stockpiles and calls to ramp up funding and weapons production.

As the U.S. ramps up its campaign against the Islamist terror group in Iraq and Syria, the Air Force is now “expending munitions faster than we can replenish them,” Air Force chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh said in a statement.

“B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers. F-15Es are in the fight because they are able to employ a wide range of weapons and do so with great flexibility. We need the funding in place to ensure we’re prepared for the long fight,” Welsh said in the statement. “This is a critical need.”

The bombing campaign has left the U.S. Air Force with what an Air Force official described as munitions depot stocks “below our desired objective.”

And yet Congress hasn’t even voted on whether or not we should be doing this.  Oh, and by the way, who’s going to pay for the next round?