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Obama Has Sent Hundreds Of Ground Troops Into Iraq

From the Associated Press:

US forces move into Iraq with security mission

By JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES | June 17, 2014 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets as President Barack Obama nears a decision on an array of options for combating fast-moving Islamic insurgents, including airstrikes or a contingent of special forces…

‘No boots on the ground,’ huh?

Obama met with his national security team Monday evening to discuss options for stopping the militants known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

He’s back from Palm Springs already? What is the rush?

Officials said the president has made no final decisions on how aggressively the U.S. might get involved in Iraq, though the White House continued to emphasize that any military engagement remained contingent on the government in Baghdad making political reforms.

Naturally. Maliki must do more outreach to the terrorists who want to kill him and take over the country.

Still, there were unmistakable signs of Americans returning to a country from which the U.S. military fully withdrew more than two years ago. Obama notified Congress that up to 275 troops would be sent to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the American Embassy in Baghdad. The soldiers — 170 of which have already arrived in Iraq — were armed for combat, though Obama has insisted he does not intend for U.S. forces to be engaged in direct fighting.

About 100 additional forces are being put on standby, most likely in Kuwait, and could be used for airfield management, security and logistics support, officials said…

What great hostage bait they will make. The Taliban could clean out the rest of Gitmo.

Separately, three U.S. officials said the White House was considering sending a contingent of special forces soldiers to Iraq. Their limited mission — which has not yet been approved — would focus on training and advising beleaguered Iraqi troops, many of whom have fled their posts across the nation’s north and west as the al-Qaida-inspired insurgency has advanced in the worst threat to the country since American troops left in 2011.

Taken together, the developments suggest a willingness by Obama to send Americans into a collapsing security situation in order to quell the brutal fighting in Iraq before it morphs into outright war.

Yes, it makes much more sense to send troops into a completely chaotic war. Rather than having left some soldiers there to keep such a war from starting.

If the U.S. were to deploy an additional team of special forces, the mission almost certainly would be small…

Those kind of promises sound much more believable in the original Vietnamese.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Has Sent Hundreds Of Ground Troops Into Iraq”

  1. canary

    ????? Someone, doesn’t Obama have to give go through Congress to start a new war?

    He’ll hand pick the best and most knowledgable to get killed. Maybe Bergdahl’s platoons will be called back active.


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