President Obama is sending more troops to Iraq as US military action heats up. The contingent is estimated to be around 300 service members, primarily special forces, who are being sent on a “security mission” ostensibly to protect US diplomatic personnel in the Green Zone and elsewhere.
With the battle raging in Iraq between government forces and highly effective rebels the likelihood those forces will see action increases. ISIS is by all accounts heading for Baghdad and the Green Zone where the remaining American officials and soldiers who were not evacuated are.
Obama met with his national security team Monday evening to discuss options for stopping the militants known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials said the president has made no final decisions on how aggressively the U.S. might get involved in Iraq, though the White House continued to emphasize that any military engagement remained contingent on the government in Baghdad making political reforms.
Still, there were unmistakable signs of Americans returning to a country from which the U.S. military fully withdrew more than two years ago. Obama notified Congress that up to 275 troops would be sent to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the American Embassy in Baghdad. The soldiers — 170 of which have already arrived in Iraq — were armed for combat, though Obama has insisted he does not intend for U.S. forces to be engaged in direct fighting.
What “political reforms” or “political plans” Obama wants from the Iraqis has never been exactly clear and looks a lot like a pretext for a talking point to justify military intervention to the US media and public.
In the event the carrier Obama has moved into the Persian Gulf is used to launch air strikes and more drones are sent in it also remains unclear as to who the real beneficiaries will be. The US will be bombing in support of Iranian troops to protect a central government primarily aligned with Iran.
Fortunately the usual suspects are already hitting the airwaves to promote America’s next imperial faceplant.