Please wake me up!
Someone, anyone please tell me that President Barack Obama does not have his “strategic battle plans” encased in any document frame or the like. Is he going to try and arm-up Syrian rebels to walk as bullet stoppers?
Anyway that is precisely what has been running in the press all day. First from the steadfast Brits via London and The Telegraph news agency:
“President Barack Obama today decisively silenced speculation by America’s generals that US ground troops could return to Iraq in a rare example of the White House publicly overruling the military.”
Second is from the Globe and Mail:
No U.S. ground war in Iraq, Obama says after general muses about troops: ‘I want to be clear. The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission,’ President …says.
And from the New York Times:
A House divided along unusual and unpredictable lines voted Wednesday to authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels to confront the militant group Islamic State, backing President Obama after he personally pleaded for support .
The 273-to-156 vote was over a narrow military measure with no money attached, but it took on outsize importance and was infused with drama. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the minority leader, actively and strongly backed the legislation, and both sought to portray it as a modest measure. The Senate hopes to pass it as soon as Thursday.
So as for our next military engagement our strongest coalition partner will be none other than the Syrian rebels. Speaking just for myself here, this is the consortium of people who can be heard screaming “weapons and cash!”
And finally we as a nation had this kind of arrangement once before which turned out almost splitting the Nation into a mass of parts. Sure, it was called Vietnam and sure we trained up the South Vietnamese troops only to see them running the opposite direction when caca hit the fan.
Just one more thing about the Vietnam war — unfortunately for those of us who were in country for whatever reasons please identify that you heard this first on this site. Vietnam was the only war in U.S. history where a President made the day-to-day missions and to what targets were to be hit.