US military commander in Iraq and Syria rejects GOP pledges to ‘carpet-bomb’ Isis

Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland said ‘indiscriminate’ bombing suggested by Donald Trump and Ted Cruz goes against army values: ‘It matters how you win’


Combined Joint Task Force commander Sean MacFarland likened Republican candidates proposition to ‘carpet-bomb’ Isis to what Russian president Vladimir Putin allegedly did in Syria during teleconference on 1 February.


Though army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland did not call out Donald Trump and Ted Cruz by name, he rejected what he called “indiscriminate” bombing as illegal, immoral and un-American.

“We are bound by the laws of armed conflict and at the end of the day it doesn’t only matter whether or not you win, it matters how you win,” MacFarland told reporters on Monday.

As Iowans were set to caucus in the first presidential contest of 2016, MacFarland said “indiscriminate bombing, where we don’t care if we’re killing innocents or combatants, is just inconsistent with our values”, despite two major White House contenders adopting it as a central proposal against Isis.

Trump, the Republican frontrunner, told an Iowa crowd he would “bomb the shit out of ’em … there would be nothing left”. His closest rival, the Texas senator Ted Cruz, has repeatedly vowed to pursue the “fundamentally different military strategy” of carpet-bombing Isis without “apology”, most recently in last Thursday’s debate.

“We will carpet-bomb [Isis] into oblivion,” Cruz said in Iowa last month.

Read more at Guardian.UK

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7 Responses to "US military commander in Iraq and Syria rejects GOP pledges to ‘carpet-bomb’ Isis"

  1. Altimometer  February 2, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Use the non existing zika out break on the isil so we can watch as their heads shrink.

  2. guitargirl  February 2, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I sure don’t, Not, and I am not even following it!


  3. Dan  February 2, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Thank God America has a man of real character like Gen. MacFarland to stand against these “mystic soldiers” whose love of total war betrays them as fear-driven cowards hiding behind the panoply and parade. Their calls for carpet bombing marks them with an inhuman cruelty that should automatically exclude them from having a voice in the affairs of a great nation, but is taken as a sign of leadership among disgracefully emasculated voyeurs in the general public for whom that visceral cruelty so characteristic of cowards betrays their own lack of character and manhood.

  4. mylomorph  February 2, 2016 at 3:56 am

    dont forget VIETNAM,LAOS,CAMBODIA. …AMONG OTHERS peace and justice for ALL. mylo

  5. Connie  February 1, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    “Tony, I think he was referring to the people in the current command, or his anyway.”
    So why the misleading subhed? Besides, “bombing the hell out of ‘ISIS'” is not “indiscriminate bombing” or bombing civilians. Accuracy matters.

  6. Worker Bee  February 1, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    My take is that this is yet another excuse for the US to not to do anything about its Frankenstein’s Monster creation DAESH.

  7. Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor  February 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Tony, I think he was referring to the people in the current command, or his anyway. It took balls to say this as he went on the record for potentially disobeying a future order. This set one hell of an example for others to follow..theoretically. Rather than protecting ISIS I think a logical assumption could be that we could follow the Russian example of how to deal with them.

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