The president who promised he would take us out of Iraq, the president who took us out of Iraq prematurely because his administration was too incompetent at arranging for American troops to stay in Iraq longer, is now getting us more and more enmeshed in Iraq:
A senior military official says that American military advisory teams will now go to Iraq’s western Anbar province where Islamic State militants have been gaining ground and slaying men, women and children.
The teams are part of President Barack Obama’s new directive to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq by deploying another 1,500 U.S. troops to serve as advisers, trainers and security personnel.
The official said it is likely that the bulk of the additional troops will be in Iraq by the end of the year. This would bring the total U.S. forces in Iraq to about 3,100, and would mark their first return to Anbar since the war ended.
The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Obama administration’s Iraq policy has been questionable at best, and disastrous at worst, for a very long time. The fact that we appear to be meandering into a war without any decisive plan to win it does nothing to cause me to think that the administration’s approach to Iraq is getting any better anytime soon.
Oh, and relating to the title of this blog post: Where are the peace demonstrations? Where is International ANSWER? Where are all of the left-of-center politicians and pundits who complained about neoconservatives and their supposedly pernicious influence when the Bush administration was in office? I don’t ask these questions because I expect decent answers to them. I ask these questions because it is worth remembering that when it comes to America’s policy vis-à-vis Iraq, there are a lot of hypocrites out there who wouldn’t know intellectual consistency if you slapped them in the face with it. And right now, they are showing their true colors.