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article imageOp-Ed: Obama says 'no boots' then deploys boots to Iraq

By Larry Clifton     Jun 16, 2014 in Politics
Washington - Was it yesterday or the day before when mainstream media reported on Pres. Barack Obama’s public pledge of “no boots on the ground” in Iraq?
Newspaper ink hardly had time to dry before the president broke that promise.
By Monday, Mr. Obama had notified Congress that he was sending up to 275 U.S. combat military personnel to provide support and security for US personnel and the US Embassy in Baghdad.”
In addition, the president announced he plans to deploy up to 100 special operations troops to Iraq as advisors even though Iraqi military forces have deserted their combat stations in mass leaving expensive and deadly American armaments for ISIS insurgents.
As former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney correctly predicted years ago, Iraq has been overran by Taliban, Islamic extremists and Kurds, threatening to divide Iraq into a haven for competing factions of Muslim extremists.
Sending American combat troops to Iraq days after proclaiming he would not do so sets up a dicey situation for Democrats who condemned Republicans on the Iraqi War but now cling to diminished odds of maintaining control of the U.S. Senate.
Political analysts predict Mr. Obama plans to execute an air war against insurgents who recently swept across the country taking control of major Iraqi cities.
“We will not be sending troops back into combat in Iraq,” Obama said at a White House press conference on Friday. “But I have asked my security advisers to prepare a range of other options.”
Political analysts suggest Mr. Obama and the Democrats are in no position to conduct warfare in Iraq after drubbing Republicans for years on that very issue.
Monday, White House representative Caitlin Hayden refused to confirm special operations troops will be “boots on the ground in Iraq” even as a statement released by the White House confirmed deployment of U.S. troops to Iraq.
Harkening back to the Vietnam War, the term “advisors” is being used to describe special operations troops that the administration plans to deploy to Iraq to assist Iraqi armed forces battling Sunni Muslim insurgents, according to a senior U.S. official.
The Obama administration was criticized for pulling out all U.S. combat troops in Iraq prior to the 2012 U.S. presidential election, thereby leaving Iraq’s fledgling democracy to fail.
An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose sending American military forces back to Iraq where nearly 5000 American troops were killed during the last Iraqi war.
One problem for the White House and Democrats at large is the notion that Pres. Obama was caught flat-footed on the golf course as insurgents quickly captured key Iraqi cities and disarmed entire Iraqi military divisions.
With U.S. midterm elections looming, Democrats are struggling to maintain control of the U.S. Senate and have all but given up hope on recapturing control of the House of Representatives.
With Iraq engulfed in civil war, there are few good political options for Democrats who railed against Republicans over Iraq.
If Iraq is under siege by regional Islamic extremists in November, Democrats lose. If images depicting collateral damage from U.S. airstrikes emerge, Democrats lose. If Mr. Obama continues to deploy American troops to Iraq after first claiming he was not going to do that, Democrat candidates lose in November.
Should images of flag-draped coffins bearing American warriors killed in Iraq surface in mainstream media nightly news reports, the Democratic Party will pay the heaviest political price.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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