The New American: “During the past six weeks U.S. combat jets have bombed and eliminated 41 Humvees originally given to the Iraqi military, but afterwards captured by ISIS forces. CNNMoney cited a statement from Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, that the bombs that U.S. jets are dropping on the Humvees cost $30,000 each, while the armored vehicles themselves originally cost about $250,000 each, depending how it was equipped.
“In some cases, we have seen instances of ISIL capturing and employing U.S.-made equipment,” a U.S. Defense Department spokesperson told CNN. “When we’ve seen these terrorists employing this equipment, we’ve sought to eliminate that threat.”
Harrison noted that once the United Stats destroys the equipment that it originally supplied to the Iraqi military, it will likely have to replace the armored vehicles. “If we want them [the Iraqi military] to be able to secure their own borders in the long run, we’re going to have to re-equip them,” said Harrison. “So we’ll be buying another Humvee and sending it back to the Iraqi military.”
Opinion: As the ISIS Jihadi forces approached, Iraqi military forces tore off their uniforms, abandoned the Humvees, and ran. ISIS captured the $250,000 vehicles – so now we bomb them – and then give the Iraqis new ones.
To borrow a word the president often uses to soften a scandal … bone-headed.
Bakr Al Baghdadi must be hysterical.