This is coolbert:
Michael Morell, former Deputy Director of American Central Intelligence [CIA] is being interviewed on the Charlie Rose public broadcast television program this evening.
And the question is asked of Mr. Morell - - why were not those oil tanker trucks as in the crosshairs of American air power just recently not destroyed a year ago?
According to Mr. Morell there are two reasons:
1. The desire NOT to destroy infrastructure that will be needed in the region in the aftermath of ISIL.
2. NOT to cause environmental damage.
# 1 presupposes that ISIL WILL be vanquished. THAT HARDLY IS EVEN CLOSE TO BEING AN ACCOMPLISHED FACT.
That explanation of Mr. Morell more than likely exactly what the Obama administration is thinking. Indeed, Mr. Morrell may have even had input into the rules of engagement as UNDERSTOOD and protocols regarding the air campaign against ISIL?
IN finality consider this quotation as attributed to Clausewitz:
"Kind-hearted people might of course think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat the enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds, it is a fallacy that must be exposed: War is such a dangerous business that mistakes that come from kindness are the very worst."