Yes, some sources report that oil-truck bombing has picked up post-Paris and post-San Bernardino. Maybe so. But color me skeptical. This sounds more political than military.
And U.S. Treasury officials also say they are making headway against ISIS. They recently reported the death of ISIS finance minister Abu Saleh and two associates. Let's hope it's true. And they point to new financial sanctions against ISIS-linked leaders and financiers. They also say they are sealing national borders to make Islamic State transactions more difficult, especially Turkey's financial borders. Well, good luck on that, though I don't believe a word of it.
But I have another idea. How about this option? Destroy ISIS.
In his end-of-year news conference, President Obama said, "We are going to defeat ISIS." That's what he always says — with no urgency, energy, military gameplan, or declaration of war.
By the way, in the awful budget deal struck by Congress, where exactly was the congressional war resolution to destroy ISIS? Did I miss it?
From the administration, where is the NATO declaration of war against ISIS?
Instead of meaningless repackaged sanctions, where is the UN Security Council's declaration of war against ISIS?
And where is the tripling of special-ops forces and a major step-up in the bombing sorties necessary to destroy ISIS in both Syria and Iraq, as recommended by so many retired generals and intelligence personnel?