“We are doing everything through cellphones. … It’s hard to do much when you can’t go outside the wire,” said an unnamed special operator in a Daily Beast article about the special operations community’s frustration over limited ground action against the Islamic State.
There are those within the community who are frustrated with the Obama administration’s hands-off approach, claiming that it sends mixed messages to our allies in the Middle East.
“You can’t say ‘we’re with you every step of the way, except when you are going on combat operations,” said another special operations official who was briefed on the campaign against Islamic State militants. “They know as long as there are Americans with them, that if they get in trouble, there is intelligence. … They don’t have faith in their own chain of command to do it, so rather than being captured and slaughtered by ISIS, they’ll break and run.”