- Obama’s ISIS body count another alleged fabrication, say critics
by Jim Kouri, http://www.examiner.com/
From the same administration that told Americans that al-Qaida was on the run and that war-torn Islamist-run Yemen was an American success story, a new claim is being touted by President Barack Obama’s so-called national security team. They are claiming that the American-led coalition has killed 10,000 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but are not saying where that extravagant number comes from, according to news reports on Thursday.
The talking point advanced by Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken — that at least 10,000 jihadists in the Arab nations of Iraq and Syria were killed in the last nine months — is creating another round of debate with Obama minions who are not able to provide information to back up the claim. It also brings up the question: Hhy is a State Department official and not the Pentagon releasing a statement about enemy casualties?
Opponents have said that this is yet one more Obama flip-flop since several months ago those same minions said that enemy casualty statistics or “body counts” are not a reliable measure of success. They also said there are difficulties in tabulating enemy deaths since there are no American or coalition troops in combat in either country.
In addition, it’s difficult to believe President Obama’s claims that the terrorist group is being destroyed and on the decline when reports describe how ISIS continues to seize control of new cities in Iraq and Syria. On May 22, this writer reported yet another ISIS victory that received no response from Obama and his team members: “ISIS fighters fought and won a bloody battle in Palmyra… following six-days of fierce fighting against military forces still owing their allegiance to Syrian dictator, President Bashar al-Assad. The defense of the city ended when soldiers saw their commanding officers abandon them to escape capture by the ISIS fighters. The officers fled the city leaving their troops to suffer ISIS’s cruelty which is well-known.”
Deputy Secretary Blinken cited the “10,000 dead” figure on Wednesday in Paris, France, during a conference that focused on how to counter the advances of ISIS. Some believe that because the conference ended without any announcements about the war strategy, it was decided to toss out the claim of killing of a large percentage of Islamic terrorists.