Fighter Pilot: US Does Too Little Too Late in Iraq

Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 05:29 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A decorated fighter pilot says the United States no longer has the ability to successfully intervene in the Iraq crisis, in which the al-Qaida splinter group ISIS is attempting a bloody takeover.

"It's way too little and way too late. It kind of sums up this administration's whole sorry approach to foreign affairs,'' retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Hampton told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"This is the kind of thing that should have been handled 10 years ago, when we went in in 2003 and in the first six months,'' he said Tuesday.

Hampton, author of "Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16,'' published by William Morrow,  added:

"The point is now there isn't anything really that can be done . . . You have to do damage control, and damage control does not mean pittering away with airstrikes or drones or anything like that. That's not going to work.''

In his new book, Hampton explores the stories of the nation's most famous fighter planes and the men who flew them over the past century.

"It's amazing to me that within 60 years of guys flying in those little underpowered canvas-covered kites we could be on the moon,'' he said.

"I tried to pick guys in pivotal events within each period and then write about it from the cockpit point of view.

"A lot of it I didn't know, and I figure if I didn't know it as a professional pilot, then a lot of other people might not know it either. It's good to know history, otherwise we repeat it, right?''

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