Thursday, June 19, 2014
President Barrack, acting against strong national opposition, is sending troops back to Iraq.
Obama’s decision goes against public opinion strongly opposed to rescuing the government of Shitte Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Obama promised the troops would only be advisers
It all seemed like "Catch 22." The Americans would be embedded at command levels, away from the battlefields. The problem is the jihadists appear to be able to go anywhere they choose.
If the president believed support from Iran would help, Allvoices writer Saleh Sheik, based in Palestine, reported that support for the US was declared out of the question by Tehran.
“American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq, but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region and American interests as well,” Obama said, according to the New York Times.
In his statement Obama said, “… the United States will not pursue military actions that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another. There’s no military solution inside of Iraq, certainly not one that is led by the United States.”
The opposition is made up of Sunnis and jihadists, including al-Qaida and many considered more radical.
“Ending the war in Iraq was one of the best decisions President Obama has made. The decision to send in even a limited number of Special Operations forces is a dangerous and troubling development that threatens to lead to broader military engagement,” said Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org.
Eleven years and 4,500 US soldiers lives later polling shows strong opposition in the US to rescuing the Baghdad regime. As many as three-quarters of the nation oppose putting US soldiers back in harm’s way.
Even right-wing Obama haters like Glenn Beck have said the invasion by Republican President George Bush was wrong and liberals were right to oppose it.
Obama himself had helped convince the US that the invasion of Iraq should never have launched in 2003.
The collapse of the Baghdad government is a bigger surprise than the fall of Saigon, and has proceeded at a much faster pace. Many critics of US policy had said it was inevitable.
It appears to be another “regime change,” with Obama hoping the Shite prime minister, nour al-maliki, can somehow persuade the Sunnis marching on Baghad to join his government and end the fighting.
Anti-war Americans will remember how the CIA engineered the assassination of Vietnamese President President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963 to get a stronger and pliant leader. It was a colossal failure.
Chelsea Manning, in a federal penitentiary for 30 years for trying to blow the whistle on phony Iraqi elections and war crimes, has said the US Army got orders to help the Maliki faction.