Sometimes there is just your normal, everyday spin at the White House. And sometimes, things become truly Orwellian.
That was the case Thursday when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest tried to claim that the decision to increase U.S. forces in Iraq by up to 450 troops and to begin basing forces at another air base was reflective of the success of President Obama’s strategy.
That’s right. Success. We are sending in the reinforcements because of SUCCESS.
This is right up there in a league with We had to destroy the village to save it.
Earnest said the increase in trainers had been under consideration for some time, even before the fall of Ramadi. Ergo . . . this is not a response to catastrophe.
So why the decision now? Oh, because “The specific request that was received from Prime Minister Abadi did not come until after the fall of Ramadi.”
So we are to believe that the president and his team, rather than lighting a fire under Abadi’s ass prior to the fall of Ramadi, were hanging around the West Wing saying, Gosh, I hope he asks for these new troops. What’s taking the dude do long?? Does anyone have Abadi’s email?
And then, there was this from Earnest:
What we want to do is we want to apply the lessons learned in those areas where we’ve made progress, and apply them in areas where we’ve experienced some setback. And expanding our capacity to offer advice and assistance, and increase training not just to Iraqi security forces, but also to Sunni tribal fighters in Anbar, reflects the successful implementation of the strategy.
We know that, in other places, that has been successful in improving the performance of the Iraqis on the battlefield as they take the fight to ISIL in their own country. So that’s why we’re applying it in Anbar Province.
Don’t you see? The president strategy is a success! Now that we know it’s a success, we can expand it. This has nothing to do with a year of no serious progress against ISIS.
This reasoning must presuppose that the White House was planning all along to add more troops to Iraq once it knew what worked. Which, of course, defies belief, given how Obama has been dragged kicking and screaming into this.
So when if you hear in a few months that we’re sending another 1,000 troops to Iraq, rest assured: It just means things are going great!!