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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 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!!

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 battles in a war, the reality is that the situation is deteriorating.

The new U.S. forces will be suspended a few feet in the air, since Obama is not allowing boots on the ground. Although soon he’ll find a way around this, because he has to unless he wants to lose the war.

From the Wall Street Journal:

President Barack Obama is poised to send hundreds more American military advisers into an Islamic State stronghold northwest of Baghdad to help drive the Sunni extremists from Anbar Province, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Pentagon officials are fine-tuning the plan to send about 500 additional American troops to help Iraqi forces prepare for the looming fight to break Islamic State’s hold on the key province, officials said.

There are 3,080 U.S. troops in Iraq now, Pentagon officials said. Once approved by the White House, the new expansion would represent the Pentagon’s latest effort to strengthen a foundering training mission that has yet to produce many battlefield victories.

The troops will also have one arm tied behind their backs to make things fair. And the rules of engagement say no killing anyone unless they admit to being part of ISIS and they can guess the number of jelly beans in a jar each American service member will be required to carry.

Iraqi PM Can’t Get Word in Edgewise With Obama

I thought we liked the new guy?

Guess not. President Obama thinks Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi isn’t doing enough to reach out to Iraq’s Sunni Muslims. And so he isn’t able to reach out to Obama either.

I love Abadi’s look – What am I, chopped liver?

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 end of last summer.

Obama admitted that Iraqi forces have to be trained more quickly, and that some “haven’t” been sufficiently brought up to speed. He suggested the Iraqis were moving too slowly.

We want to get more Iraqi forces, trained, fresh, well-equipped, and focused . . .

So we’re reviewing a range of plans for how we might do that – essentially accelerating the number of Iraqi forces that are properly trained and equipped and have a focused strategy and good leadership.

We don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as well about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place. And so the details of that are not yet worked out.

It’s unfortunate that for the last ten years we’ve been teaching the Iraqis to roast marshmallows and use them to make S’mores. Because if we had only thought to train them to fight, maybe they’d be kicking a little ISIS ass.

Okay, that’s the satire part. Honestly, I don’t know what we’ve been teaching the Iraqi troops to do. But when I find out, you’ll be the first to know.

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