Having Obama as the Commander in Chief must be really hard for our brave men and women. See what he is asking them to do now.
By Allen West
There are two words folks in the military hate to hear: mission creep. And if you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening in Iraq, we are there.
It’s funny, back in 2009, the commander on the ground in Iraq, General Lloyd Austin, who went onto become the CENTCOM commander, recommended to President Obama a residual force of 10- to15,000 to train and maintain the security in Iraq. It would have been their mission to provide the outer cordon for Iraq’s stability precluding any influencing from Iran, Syria, and re-insertion and resurgence of Islamic jihadists. We all know the response from Obama: it was Bush’s fault. Isn’t it amazing that when it suits Obama’s agenda, he follows Bush’s direction and doesn’t make an individual assessment as commander in chief?
So now we have ISIS. And as reported by Fox News, “The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, U.S. defense officials said Monday.
The decisions reflect weeks of discussions with commanders and Iraqi leaders, and a decision by President Barack Obama to increase the authorized troop level in Iraq by 217 forces — or from 3,870 to 4,087.
The new plan, expected for weeks, would mark the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly a year. Last June the Obama administration announced that hundreds of troops would be deployed to help the Iraqis retake Ramadi — a goal they accomplished at the end of the year.
Of the additional troops, most would be Army special forces, who have been used all along to advise and assist the Iraqis. The remainder would include some trainers, security forces for the advisers, and more maintenance teams for the Apaches. The increased military support comes as the U.S.-led coalition looks to better enable local Iraqi and Syrian forces to retake the key cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.”
We recently shared with you an interesting tidbit about the number of senior general officers serving in Iraq — quite top heavy for a deployed force of only 4,087. And let’s be honest, deploying Apache helicopters isn’t about training anyone; it’s an offensive weapon system.
So where is the liberal progressive media addressing the fact that Obama is conducting combat operations in Iraq — which he had definitively stated were ended in that theater of operations?