Oh dear, this blog is in danger of sounding like one of those tedious Leftie sites where they do nothing but spew forth anti-American agit-prop. I don't mean it, my American buddies, honestly I don't, and you will notice that by and large my shells are aimed at political/military establishment targets of the same sort that we have 'over here' and at which I constantly take aim.
Even so, my entire life seems to have had a background noise produced by the US Air Force bombing the you-know-what out of this, that or the other enemy who will, according to which prat general is running the air force at the time, be utterly destroyed in just a matter of time. How much time, you might enquire? Sorry, that's classified information, moving along . . . I regret to say that with the exception (and it was a pretty big exception) of Vietnam our home-grown tits - 'over there' you have 'prats' but 'over here' we have 'tits' - have bounced along behind like little children following their father and shouting 'please, Daddy, can I have a go?'
All this bile is provoked by a report in The Telegraph based on American intelligence assessments that after gazillions worth of dollars spent on a huge aerial bombardment of IS the result is:
Almost a year after the US launched its multi billion dollar military campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant the violent jihadist group shows no signs of weakening, according to the assessments of American intelligence agencies.
Its hold on social media and flow of oil revenue means it can draw on a steady stream of recruits and has held on to almost all its territory despite losing 10,000 fighters.
At the same time, it has managed to expand into new theatres in Libya, Egypt's Sinai peninsula and Afghanistan.
“We've seen no meaningful degradation in their numbers," a defence official told Associated Press, citing estimates that put the group's strength at 20,000 to 30,000 fighters, the same as last August when the strikes began. [My emphasis]
All this comes out just as 'Dim Dave' is pursing his little lips in an effort to look, you know, really, really hard, and promising that her 'Majesty's Right Royal Air Force' with, er, their last twelve aircraft will absolutely and definitely be right up there alongside our American allies - you can rely on us, Mr. President!
Jessica Stern, co-author of Isis: The State of Terror, said, “The problem is that there's no clear policy,” she said. “We don't know what we want the end state to be.” Yep, that about sums it up, I'd say!