There are really only two reasons for a politician to commit air power alone to a ground war. The first is cowardice. Ground troops in contact with a hostile force — no matter how well — means high casualty rates. Iraq and Afghanistan are perfect examples. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Senator Obama made a big deal over the casualties suffered under President Bush. The lesson — at least for politicians — is simple: high casualty rates = political liability. However, we know that Obama does not care about high casualty rates. We know this because, since taking office, the casualty rates under Obama have more than doubled, yet Obama has done little to reduce them. In fact, it could legitimately be argued that Obama’s policies in the Middle East have directly lead to the increase in American casualties. And this leads us to the second reason for committing air power alone to a ground conflict.