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Obama Denies Trump Charge that He Created ISIS

President Obama spent several minutes during a major speech on Monday defending his decision to pull American troops out of Iraq in 2011, rebutting repeated criticism by President-elect Donald Trump that the move uncorked a new terrorist threat.

Despite demanding in 2006 that then-President Bush pull American military forces out of Iraq, Trump has since called Obama the “founder of ISIS” for bringing those troops home.

During what was his final major policy speech, delivered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Obama claimed he had no choice and keeping troop in the country wouldn’t have prevented the Islamic State anyway.

You can read the rest of this piece on the Washington Examiner.

Incrementalism Part 74: Military Seeks Another 500 Troops for Iraq

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.

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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.

Orwellian White House Iraq Spin

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… Continue Reading

Obama to Send 500 More Troops to Iraq

Mission creep continues. Fighting war the way liberals love to fight them, President Obama is adding bits and pieces of brigades at a time, adding an additional 500 troops after ISIS swamped Ramadi. Because even though everything, according to he White House, is going fine, and ya win some ya lose some when it comes to… Continue Reading

Obama: No “Complete Strategy” Yet to Train Iraqis

President Obama admitted today that he still doesn’t have a “complete strategy” to improve Iraqi forces’ fighting effectiveness against ISIS. No, this is not one of my satirical pieces. He said it in a press conference in Germany at the end of the G-7 meeting. I have video. And yes, we did launch the anti-ISIS initiative… Continue Reading

Some Help for the Iraqi Troops

It’s a shame. There are stories all over the place about how the Iraqi troops don’t want to fight. They’re abandoning their expensive and lethal – except in the hands of the Iraqis – U.S. military equipment on the battlefield for ISIS to repossess and put to better use. They’ve been in training for a… Continue Reading

White House Excuse for Ramadi Defeat: Lack of Diversity

No, really. You’re not misreading the headline. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Tuesday exculpated Obama’s Iraq strategy and instead blamed Iraqi leaders’ failure to integrate their armed forces for the dramatic loss of Ramadi to ISIS. Earnest said: What we have indicated all along is that it will require a multi-sectarian force to succeed… Continue Reading