"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.”
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.
Soldiers, family and community gathered in Morehead City to render honors and witness the transfer and memorial of U.S. Army Sgt James Slape Nov. 9-11, 2018. Slape will hold a temporary resting place in Morehead City before ultimately moving to Arlington Cemetery. Slape supported Operations Resolute Support and Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt Leticia Samuels, North Carolina National Guard)
An ISIS suicide bomber killed four Americans in Manbij, Syria, on Wednesday.