Last report there were about 100 private contractors on Balad Air Force Base in Iraq, yelling frantically for help as they are surrounded by the ISIS army, a band of head-chopping evangelists.
This time the time scale is more drawn out and the media have gotten into positions where they can watch and report pretty much as it happens. The president has said he will send no help at all as the Iraqi Air Force attempts to evacuate the contractors from the base. The problem is that the ISIS folks by now have heavy machine guns on trucks which would make landing a slow, lumbering C-130 a really questionable proposition.
Pilots all know this and finding one has become a problem as well.
So here we are again, with the administration no doubt looking for a video maker to toss in jail or perhaps getting ready to offer the entire population of Gitmo in exchange for the contractors which would be seen as slightly better than simply issuing them all presidential pardons on his way out the door.
Or the Iraqi government may pull the rabbit out of the turban and beat back the insurgents with help from the Iranians, no less.
By November of 2016, what difference will it make?