Looks like Putin beat Trump to that particular punch:
The Russian military has destroyed numerous oil facilities and tankers controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria, sharply cutting its income, Russia’s defense minister said Friday.
Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on Friday that Russian warplanes destroyed fifteen oil refining and storage facilities in Syria and 525 trucks carrying oil during this week’s bombing blitz. He said this deprived ISIS of $1.5 million in daily income from oil sales. …
Russian state TV on Friday showed Russian air force ground crew writing “For Ours!” and “For Paris!” on bombs being attached to Russian warplanes.
According to Shoigu, Russian warplanes have flown 522 sorties and destroyed over eight hundred targets over the last four days. Russian long-range bombers and navy ships have launched 101 cruise missiles in four days, including eighteen fired Friday by Russian navy ships from the Caspian Sea.
Not bad. Now let's see the Russians send in a couple of guards tank armies and finish the job on the ground, which is the only place in and only means by which the job CAN be finished.
But it once again begs the (rhetorical) question of why such obvious targets that are a very important part of the Islamic State's economic infrastructure as a revenue source haven't already had the "shit" bombed out of them by the Obama Regime.
Adam Kredo takes as stab at answering that question in the Washington Free Beacon today, but doesn't get past the pretext:
U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75% of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike, according to a leading member of Congress.
Strikes against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) targets are often blocked due to an Obama administration policy to prevent civilian deaths and collateral damage, according to Representative Ed Royce (R-CA39), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The policy is being blamed for allowing Islamic State militants to gain strength across Iraq and continue waging terrorist strikes throughout the region and beyond, according to Royce and former military leaders who spoke Wednesday about flaws in the U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State.
“You went twelve full months while ISIS was on the march without the U.S. using that air power and now as the pilots come back to talk to us they say three-quarters of our ordnance we can’t drop, we can’t get clearance even when we have a clear target in front of us,” Royce said. “I don’t understand this strategy at all because this is what has allowed ISIS the advantage and ability to recruit.” [emphases added]
The strategy is perfectly understandable, Congressman, once you understand the reason behind and context of such otherwise incomprehensively suffocating combat restrictions:
Barack Obama, in the face of the enemy, has turned against Americans, insulting Americans, mocking Americans, fighting Americans, and hopes to [prevail over] Americans.
And through it all, Islam believes their actions are in the will of Allah. They are emboldened by the ease [with] which their attacks have been committed, and the congratulatory speeches by their ally in the White House. Islam is winning, Muslims believe, and Allah has endorsed their actions. They know so, because there is no military might coming against them. They have been emboldened by people like Obama to attack again, and again, and again, until the chaos is so great that the infidel cries out for them to stop, and then they will slay the infidel [where] he stands.
That is jihad.
So, either Obama is very stupid and can't see that jihadists are mixed into the refugees coming into the United States, and he can't see the danger of making friends with Islam, or he is not stupid, and truly does have Muslim leanings. [emphasis added]
Or, at the very least, sympathies borne of the communist side of his upbringing.
But now there is real military might coming at ISIS. It's just French and Russian instead of American. Because the Russians, along with Red China, are the new global superpower, and the French are the new leaders of the First World.
And America? We're the new Luxembourgistan. Until the Islamic State destroys us. Or the Iranian mullahgarchy. Or the North Korean "hermit kingdom". Or the Sino-Russian Axis. Or some combination of the above. Or all of them at once.
Call it "the ultimate fundamental transformation".