The military is requesting another 500 troops for Iraq, in the latest example of President Obama’s policy of incrementalism in fighting the war there.
This is the policy that was rejected after the Vietnam War because it’s a BAD POLICY, but one that, of course, has been embraced by President Obama, who has lots of BAD POLICIES.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. military is requesting authority to send up to 500 new troops to Iraq ahead of a much-anticipated campaign to take back Mosul from Islamic State, according to U.S. officials, adding to an expanding American presence in the country.
The new deployment, if approved by the White House, would assist Iraqi and coalition forces in preparing for the battle to capture the northern city, the extremist group’s last major stronghold in Iraq. That fight is expected to begin as early as mid-October, U.S. officials have said . . .
The new U.S. forces would increase the number of American personnel officially deployed to Iraq from 4,400 to about 4,900. The Pentagon also maintains up to 1,500 additional U.S. forces that it doesn’t acknowledge as part of its Iraq force, most at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad or on temporary assignments. The new deployment would bring the overall U.S. presence to as high as 6,400. The 500 would be in addition to roughly 400 new personnel the U.S. sent to Iraq in early September to prepare for the Mosul offensive.
But please, don’t call it incrementalism! The White House rejects that term. And also don’t call these people “boots on the ground.” They are not boots on the ground, the are merely advising the Iraqis. They are not in combat, although they are getting shot at. Presumably by ISIS advisors, who are the only ones allowed by President Obama to shoot at Americans.
To the left is a U.S. soldier. Note that he is levitating slightly, and that therefore his boots are in fact not on the ground. He is advising the Iraqis on how to hide from green metal canisters.
The president’s failure to act decisively against ISIS is spawning a long war that has given the Islamists time and space to plot terror against the United States. We are seeing the results in our country now, and they threaten to get worse.