Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Operation Iraqi Freedom: The Sequel?

by JASmius

He'll never do it, folks.  Absolutely, positively will never, EVER do it.  His head would explode.  He would rather die by decapitation than die of embarrassment:

Top leaders at the Pentagon are considering a range of options to bolster the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), including embedding some U.S. troops with Iraqi forces, according to two U.S. officials.

U.S. military commanders have forwarded several options to the Defense Department in the last few weeks, the officials told the Hill, as part of a mounting push within the administration to more aggressively target the terrorist group.

One of the options presented was embedding U.S. troops with Iraqi security forces; they would have the ability to call in airstrikes, a step that would bring American forces to the front line.

But even without a role in direct combat, that option would skirt close to having “boots on the ground” in Iraq — something Barack Obama has vowed not to do in the military campaign against ISIS.

The Washington Post added what looks unmistakably like "significant escalation":

The changes would represent a significant escalation of the American role in Iraq and Syria. They still require formal approval from Obama, who could make a decision as soon as this week and could decide not to alter the current course, said U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the discussions are still ongoing. It’s unclear how many additional troops would be required to implement the changes being considered by the president, but the number for now is likely to be relatively small, these officials said.

The recommendations came at Obama’s request and reflect the president’s and his top advisers’ concern that the battle in Iraq and Syria is largely stalemated and in need of new ideas to generate momentum against Islamic State forces.

In other words, they can no longer put over the fiction that they're fighting the Islamic State and now they have to up the ante-facade to keep that fiction going.

But no more than that.  Because Barack Obama will never, under any circumstances, be seen as re-starting a war that he has spent the past four years boasting that he "ended," because the moment he did, "ended" would be exposed for what it really was: surrender.  Capitulation.  Betrayal.

Beats me why he fears that perception.  I thought he was "freed to be the president he always wanted to be" by the 2014 mid-term election results.  This would fit in with that hand-in-glove.

Come on, Barry, own your alliance with the Islamic State, just like the one with the Iranian mullahs and your subservience to Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping and every other enemy to whom you've "opened".  You know you want to.

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