by William Teach | February 21, 2015 7:49 am
Isn’t it normal to release our plans? Didn’t Washington alert the Redcoats about his plan to cross the Delaware? And we gave the Japanese advance warning about our plans to retake the Philippines, right?
(Fox News) Top Republican senators Friday demanded answers after a military official revealed “detailed operational information” about a looming Iraqi mission to retake Mosul from the Islamic State, saying the disclosure has put the mission at risk.
“Never in our memory can we recall an instance in which our military has knowingly briefed our own war plans to our enemies,” Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a letter to President Obama.
The senators asked who was responsible for the briefing, conducted Thursday by a military official, and whether they had White House approval. “Those responsible have jeopardized our national security interests and must be held accountable,” they wrote.×
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The letter follows criticism in other corners that the military may have revealed too much detail in previewing the operation.
On Thursday, the U.S. military official outlined plans to retake Mosul and said the “shaping” for the battle is currently underway. He said the Iraqi military hopes to begin operations in the “April, May timeframe” with the goal of retaking Mosul before Ramadan begins on June 17.
This occurred during Obama’s little confab on combating violent extremism, particularly from the religion that won’t be named. One has to wonder whether the plan itself was serious, or simply thrown out on the table to say “hey, look, we actually have a plan”, one which they won’t say they have no plan to actually implement. Because that’s what this appears to be, talking rather than doing. Obama and his team are constantly, and rightly, accused of not having actual plans. This allows them to counter.
Of course, the Pentagon immediately responded by doubting the plan, as the Daily Beast notes. Well, yeah, because now ISIS has it. It matters little, because the release of the plan was never actually meant to be implemented. This was political butt covering.
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