Obama Sends Combat Troops to Iraq

UPDATE (July 1, 2014):

Yesterday, June 30, Obama said in War Powers Resolution to Congress that he’s sending another 300 U.S.troops into Iraq, citing increased concerns about the rapidly deteriorating security situation as Islamic fighters continue to make gains. The additional force consists of additional security forces, rotary-wing aircraft, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support.

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Fellowship of the Minds

It’s déjà vu all over again.

Three years after U. S. troops withdrew from Iraq, finally ending America’s war and occupation (2003-2011) of that benighted country, our soldiers will be sent there again.

This evening, June 16, 2014, after a weekend of golfing and political fundraising in California, President Lucifer declared, in a letter to Congress, that U.S. ground troops “equipped for combat” are being sent to Iraq.

The troops’ “only purpose” is to protect US personnel and the US Embassy in Baghdad from the ISIS militants — and not join in the fierce fighting raging outside the Iraqi capital.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

ISIS or the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is an extremist Sunni jihadist group that aspires to create a caliphate — a theocratic pan-Islamic state — in the New Levant of Iraq, Syria, southern Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Israel. (See “ISIS:…

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8 responses to “Obama Sends Combat Troops to Iraq

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  3. Last I heard, the “combat troops” numbered less than 600. Most of them are there to defend US installation and assist the Iraqi military in dealing with intelligence and logistic matters. ISIS troops number some 12,000 plus about twice that many in local Sunni militias. 600 American ground troops are not going to go far in a ground war.

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    • Hmmm, but who was it that so recently pointed out to us the unspoken value/consequence of sending a small US/NATO force into Ukraine, similar to the (relatively) small force we still have in South Korea and had in West Berlin back in the day? Maybe after ISIS tripwires into our small force defending our remaining facilities/non-combat personnel, the Administration can orchestrate a reprise of the good old days of the last decade.

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      • The purpose of a “tripwire force” like the Berlin Brigade or the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea or my proposed 10-15 battalions in Ukraine is to DISCOURAGE a potential aggressor (USSR, DPRK, Russia) from taking an action. ISIL is already in Iraq and Syria and has initiated open hostilities against both governments. Members of the US military advisory group in Iraq carry weapons and can defend themselves against small-scale local attacks, but they are not equipped or organized in a manner that would allow them to take offensive action. A US offensive to remove ISIL from Iraq would require at least a full US Army/Marine division with accompanying support forces. Something like 20,000 men, not the 600 now in country or enroute.

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        • Please, stop thinking rationally and start thinking like an interventionist. The purpose of whatever force of troops is whatever the people who send them hope will happen. In the case of Berlin the tripwire was only needed to set off a relatively foregone conclusion that given those loses we would respond. In Korea, maybe not so much but probably still mostly the point again is to help slow down the commies until our relatively likely reinforcements can arrive to finish the job (though we both agree that at this point the North is degraded so much that reinforcements may not be all that necessary, depending on what ROK and US decide is an acceptable post-war status)–but also the point may be to sway sufficient US public support for actually getting more involved. In the case of Iraq in 2014, there are many in our Establishment who *want* us to get involved, and the single biggest impediment to such plans is the war-weary American public. The 600 may not be intended to be any sort of deterrent in the first place, and are instead maybe just enough to piss us off without stopping them from attacking. Getting some US troops killed may be seen as the only, or at least a likely, way to suck us back into Iraq in a big way.

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          • “Getting some US troops killed may be seen as the only, or at least a likely, way to suck us back into Iraq in a big way.”

            ITA !!!

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  4. Yesterday, June 30, Obama said in War Powers Resolution to Congress that he’s sending another 300 U.S.troops into Iraq, citing increased concerns about the rapidly deteriorating security situation as Islamic fighters continue to make gains. The additional force consists of additional security forces, rotary-wing aircraft, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support.

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