"The U.S. feeble military action against the Islamic State is what allowed Russia to dramatically up their game in the Middle East," Mr. Deptula told The Washington Times. "In over two years, the number of U.S. airstrikes in Syria have averaged about six a day — compared to over 1,200 strike sorties a day for 43 days in Desert Storm. The Russian intervention throws the entire regional chessboard upside down. Russia is now basing out of Iran, coordinating with Iraq, Syria and even the Israeli Defense Force."
"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?"