With the announcement of doubling of troops, it is clear that the White House is sending us back to Iraq.
Because we made Iraq unstable and unable to defend itself from terrorists, we are now sending a surge of American troops back into that quagmire. While we are assured that they are being sent to serve in a “non-combat” role, it is hard to see how that will work when they are being sent not only to advise but to “assist” the Iraqi army.
CNS News reports: “Iraq War II: Obama Seeks New War Authorization; Will More Than Double U.S. Troops on Ground.”
The White House and the Defense Department announced today that President Obama will order an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq, more than doubling the 1,400 who are currently there.
On Wednesday, in his first post-election press conference, the president said he will be seeking from Congress a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to engage in warfare against the Islamic State, which is now operating out of territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria.
At the end of 2011, as he headed into the 2012 election year, President Obama removed all U.S. troops from Iraq, and declared the war there over.
That war had been authorized by an AUMF that Congress approved on Oct. 11, 2002.
Since Obama declared that Iraq War over, Iraq has seen the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). ISIS is a terrorist group that sprang from al Qaeda, was expelled from al Qaeda, and then went on to take control of a large territory in Iraq and Syria. Its aim is to create a caliphate in the region that now includes Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the troop deployment this afternoon. The additional 1,500 personnel he said will be in “a noncombat role to train, advise, and assist Iraqi Security Forces, including Kurdish forces.”
We are slipping into war without anyone being told the full extent of our commitment. Obama will let things escalate and insist that the mission is “noncombat.” Then the next President will claim they inherited a mess and had no choice but to engage in combat operations.