Team Obama’s measly truck take­down

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - GRE­GORY J. TO­PLIFF War­renville, South Carolina

The peo­ple of this coun­try needed a wartime com­man­der in chief, and what we got is a re­luc­tant Boy Scout leader who has no clue how to pros­e­cute a war.

Point in fact, Pres­i­dent Obama’s re­fusal to put boots on the ground is purely an ego-driven po­lit­i­cal choice be­cause he wants his legacy to be that of the pres­i­dent who got us out of war.

I did some re­search on the cost of the Hell­fire drone mis­sile, which cost about $60,000 each. Mr. Obama, Sec­re­tary of De­fense Chuck Hagel and Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry have been tout­ing their great achieve­ment of knock­ing out sev­eral pickup trucks cost­ing be­tween $10,000 and $20,000 (if that) and a few other Is­lamic State weapons. Add an ex­tra $2,000 for a mounted ma­chine gun. They have also used much more ex­pen­sive mis­siles off our Navy ships to hit tar­gets that should have been hit by he­li­copter gun­ships us­ing mini can­nons and rocket pods. Mr. Obama’s hightech war doesn’t make any sense when it costs two to three times as much to de­stroy the en­emy. All the bombing in the world from the air won’t get the job done.

As a Marine squad leader in mor­tars in Viet­nam, we had he­li­copter gun­ships that at­tacked the en­emy up-close and per­sonal — and we had boots on the ground. We used airstrikes and ar­tillery, but the en­emy went un­der­ground, which com­pelled us to search them out. That is ex­actly what Mr. Obama will learn even­tu­ally. Mr. Obama should have lis­tened to his gen­er­als and put his ego aside.

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