We all have heard our prez tells us that there will be NO ground troops to Iraq to fight ISIS……our only mission is to train and arm the Iraqis so they can do the hard lifting in the liberation of their country from the grasp of ISIS. (snicker…..snicker)……
First, you do realize that if we send American troops to train the Iraqis in combat strategy we then have combat forces in the fray, right?
Second, the Iraqi army has proven that it cannot stand by itself against ISIS…….as a matter of fact there are indications that they will not stand….period!
I have complained that the US has NO plan for dealing the death blow to ISIS……and the Obama makes an announcement……..
Instead of trying to help Iraqi forces recapture the city ISIS seized a year ago, the US has decided to focus on helping them capture the city militants seized less than a month ago. Ramadi is the capital of Anbar province, and the White House is expected to approve a Pentagon plan to establish a new base in the province and send up to 500 more military trainers there, the Wall Street Journal reports. American officials say there had been some debate about how much of a priority recapturing Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, would be, but the recent fall of Ramadi settled the question; now Mosul may have to wait until 2016, reports the New York Times. Defense Secretary Ash Carter blamed the fall of Ramadi on Iraqi forces’ lack of will to fight.
Critics say the proposed modest expansion of the US role is nowhere near what’s required to defeat ISIS, the Journal reports. “One has to wonder whether this president just wants to wait out the next year and a half and basically do nothing to stop this genocide, bloodletting, horrible things that are happening throughout the Middle East,” Sen. John McCain told fellow senators Monday. The new troops will bring the number of US advisers and trainers in Iraq to around 3,600, but there’s a shortage of people for them to train in at least one site, the Hill reports. Defense officials say it has been more than four weeks since the Baghdad government sent any recruits to Al Asad air base, although 2,601 Iraqis are being trained elsewhere.
Ever so slowly the US is building the amount of ground troops in Iraq…..is this the beginning of our return to a combat mission?
As promised, the United States will send up to 450 more troops to Iraq to boost the training of local forces, in a response to recent setbacks at the hands of ISIS and Baghdad’s appeals for more help. Under the plan, the number of US training sites in Iraq would increase from four to five, enabling a larger number of Iraqis to join the fight against the Islamic militant group.
Most of the fighters would be Sunni tribal volunteers; as CNN notes, the hope is to inspire what one White House official calls a secondary Sunni uprising, similar to that of 2013. The White House says President Obama made the decision at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and based on advice from Pentagon leaders. Obama continues to resist demands for combat troops or for more US soldiers on the ground to call in air strikes.
So it begins……AGAIN!