Is ISIS a “JV team? No, not in the sense that our “leading from behind” President meant. One must put ISIS in context historically speaking to come to the realization that ISIS is nothing but a junior league outfit militarily.
Ask any high school kid if they know about the “Battle of Saipan” during World War II. Most likely, you’ll receive a blank stare unless it sparks a remembrance of a recent, popular video game.
The troop strength of the Japanese on the Island of Saipan during World War II is approximate to the number of ISIS fighters currently in theater.
History.com details this battle.
“On June 15, 1944, during the Pacific Campaign of World War II (1939-45), U.S. Marines stormed the beaches of the strategically significant Japanese island of Saipan, with a goal of gaining a crucial air base from which the U.S. could launch its new long-range B-29 bombers directly at Japan’s home islands. Facing fierce Japanese resistance, Americans poured from their landing crafts to establish a beachhead, battle Japanese soldiers inland and force the Japanese army to retreat north. Fighting became especially brutal and prolonged around Mount Tapotchau, Saipan’s highest peak, and Marines gave battle sites in the area names such as “Death Valley” and “Purple Heart Ridge.” When the U.S. finally trapped the Japanese in the northern part of the island, Japanese soldiers launched a massive but futile banzai charge. On July 9, the U.S. flag was raised in victory over Saipan.
In merely three weeks, our forces defeated an enemy that fought with a fury that ISIS never will. Sure, they’re brutal and sadistic when torturing and killing innocents, but they cry like college students at Yale when faced with a real fight. Take note of that quote above that describes the “bonzai charge” by the Japanese. 4,000 Japanese soldiers, like some Jihadists, had no problem dying for their cause but they fought with a brutality rarely seen in even the worst wars and never displayed by any Jihadist army.
There’s more about this battle from History.com.
“…charged with grenades, bayonets, swords and knives against an encampment of soldiers and Marines near Tanapag Harbor. In wave after wave, the Japanese overran parts of several U.S. battalions, engaging in hand-to-hand combat and killing or wounding more than a thousand Americans before being repelled by howitzers and point-blank machine-gun fire. It was the largest banzai charge of the Pacific war, and, as was the nature of such an attack, most Japanese troops fought to their death.
How did we win at Saipan? With overwhelming force and determination. With incredible Marine and Army troops infused with the will to defeat the enemy at any cost.
Recently, former Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno spoke the truth when he stated that “air power alone has never dislodged an entrenched army, let alone collapse a quasi-state”. Everyone know grounds troops are the only way to stamp out these cockroaches, but our weak leaders, (starting…