President Obama will send another 1,500 troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of servicemen and women sent to the country to fight the ISIS uprising.
Obama will request $5.6 billion from Congress to conduct operations against ISIS. Congress is likely to approve the funding, but growing questions will certainly be raised about the administration’s strategy.
In an unusual step, the new troops will be required by the White House to levitate approximately one foot in the air so as not to be considered “boots on the ground.”
As I wrote back in June, as Obama put his toe in the water in Iraq with the introduction of a few hundred initial troops:
Obama thinks he can avoid mission creep. But soon he will be faced with a choice between that or an ignominious retreat that will further prove for our enemies – Obama has done some much already to convince them – that the United States is helpless and can be attacked with impunity.
And so we have war fought on the fly – ill-planned, ill-conceived, and tentatively executed. If we are going to defeat ISIS, we should defeat ISIS. We have tried this kind of incrementalism before, and it fails.
When we introduce enough of our superb troops into battle, we win. It’s the doctrine of overwhelming force. I thought we had already learned it. In the end, we will get even more American fighting men and women killed with a bad, prolonged approach.
ISIS is a virulent threat to the United States that will eventually inflect mass casualties here. It must be defeated, the sooner the better.
Let me put it as inelegantly as possible: SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT. That sounds like an excellent military doctrine to me.