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  •  at most I would guess it would drive them (0+ / 0-)

    back to asymmetrical tactics as opposed to conventional tactics.  In the desert, it is only necessary to occupy key points in order to control large swathes of territory.

    However the problem is what do we bomb?  ISIS has take the largest dam in Iraq.  Conventional war calls for bombing raids to destroy the dam but do we really want to destroy the dam?  ITMW, ISIS is able to control the water level all downstream  

    •  Those key points make air power effective (1+ / 0-)
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      riesling

      in the desert. No need to bomb the dam... just the convoys coming to reinforce the IS fighters there.

      “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
      he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

      by jjohnjj on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 08:03:34 AM PDT

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      •  just read a report that the area the dam is on (0+ / 0-)

        is geologically unstable and the dam is one of the most problematic in the region.  Wonder if geologists around this place could answer if bomb blasts could further destabilize the dam base?  (hey the biggest dam I have been involved in was only about 100 yards wide)

        I also note that the Lebanese military has now clashed with ISIS fighters

    •  We are bombing artillery batteries (1+ / 0-)
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      riesling

      tanks and convoys also make good tactical targets.

      Bombing the dam would be a strategic attack - and you are correct that it is not a step we would want to take.

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