"It's a move in the right direction, but too little too late," Mr. Deptula said. "We've been engaged for almost two years. We should have had a good number in Syria from the beginning. Second, why are we announcing to the enemy the size of the special forces they need to deal with?"
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, a key planner for the devastating Desert Storm air war 25 years ago this month, told The Times that the overall air assault on the Islamic State, also known as ISIL and ISIS, has been too timid for over 500 days of bombing.