Barack Obama thinks if he denies that he is doing things that everyone can see, they still won’t see it. In this case, the Nobel peace prize winner wants to pretend that he isn’t starting another Iraq War.
Sometimes however someone in the military forgets to repeat the partyline.
Briefing reporters hours after the raid took place, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said that “U.S. forces are not in a combat role in Iraq.” He said a team of elite U.S. soldiers had provided transport and support for the Iraqi Kurdish commandos. But the Americans were not intending to take part in the raid itself, he said. That changed when a firefight erupted and Wheeler jumped in to help. Later that day, Cook said that Wheeler’s death was the first combat casualty there since 2011. […]
But on Wednesday, Col. Steve Warren, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, described the mission in blunt terms. “We’re in combat,” he said, speaking via video feed to reporters at the Pentagon. “That’s why we all carry guns. That’s why we all get combat patches when we leave here. That’s why we all receive imminent danger pay. So, of course it’s combat.”
Also Bonnie Kristian quotes White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest performing a “delicate dance” to avoid admitting our troops are in combat.
You see, Earnest suggests, something may look in every way like combat, but it’s not actually combat unless the president says it is—and the president says American operations in Iraq are a train-advise-and-assist mission.
Of course, that the Obama administration is desperately interested in not admitting to combat operations makes sense. After all, Obama repeatedly and unequivocally stated last year that, “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq.” (Ending the war in Iraq, however much that definitely hasn’t happened, seems to be something the president wants in his legacy.)
So there you have it, folks: The president promised the troops wouldn’t be in combat in Iraq again, so they’re not in combat, even if it looks a lot like combat, except they are in combat, but it’s not a combat role!
It is amazing that this administration, when it fails to hide the truth, merely has to deny it.