By John W. Lillpop
Barack Obama won the US presidency, in no small measure, by being a severe critic of the “Endless war” mentality of President George W. Bush, particularly Bush’s engagement in what Obama termed the “dumb war” of Iraq.
Obama sought to change all that with his policy of surrender and withdrawal, which led to the fulfillment of his campaign promise to “bring the troops home.”
Unfortunately, Obama’s ill-advised retreat, which was opposed by many of his military experts, has back fired, leaving Iraq and the middle-east ablaze in a new civil war which threatens to consume Baghdad with the ravages of Jihad overflowing from Syria.
Finally, after several days of thoughtful deliberation mixed in with much needed golf, The One has decided: Back to Baghdad for ground troops!
“President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 U.S. military personnel could deploy to Iraq.
Obama says the forces are going to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He says the forces are equipped for combat and will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed.
About 160 troops are already in Iraq, including 50 Marines and more than 100 Army soldiers. Some of those soldiers have only recently arrived.
Under the authorization Obama outlined, a U.S. official says the U.S. will put an additional 100 soldiers in a nearby third country where they would be held in reserve until needed.
The White House says the U.S. military personnel are entering Iraq with its consent.”
Perhaps W’s “dumb” war was not so dumb after all?