President Obama’s most senior national security advisers have recommended measures that would move U.S. troops closer to the front lines in Iraq and Syria, officials said, a sign of mounting White House dissatisfaction with progress against the Islamic State and a renewed Pentagon push to expand military involvement in long-running conflicts overseas.
The debate over the proposed steps, which would for the first time position a limited number of Special Operations forces on the ground in Syria and put U.S. advisers closer to the firefights in Iraq, comes as Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter presses the military to deliver new options for greater military involvement in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
The changes would represent a significant escalation of the American role in Iraq and Syria. They still require formal approval from Obama, who could make a decision as soon as this week and could decide not to alter the current course. It’s unclear how many additional troops would be required to implement the changes being considered by the president, but the number for now is likely to be relatively small, these officials said.
It is definitely at this point that we at The Contemplative Thinker are rattled by the lack of decision-making regarding the U.S. President. Whilst we agree that one wouldn’t want to alert the enemy regarding a proposed military build-up in the region; furthermore, from experience any individual with a military background will inform us that building-up within a particular area of operations quite openly, happens without too much attention.
It is the rhetoric and public politics that Barack Obama is guiding that alerts potential enemies. Someone — anyone please tell Obama that history is full of proven discourses of “loose lips sink ships.” So with respect for the men and women who will be conducting the operations, we ask simply, “Shut Your Mouth.”
The recommendations came at Obama’s request and reflect the president’s and his top advisers’ concern that the battle in Iraq and Syria is largely stalemated and in need of new ideas to generate momentum against Islamic State forces. First we say ah-hem! Secondly we say “Shut Up!”
We, the American public realize that it was in fact, you, Mr. Obama that made the dreadful mistake of standing down in Iraq — particularly withdrawing US and allied forces before the Iraqi government mended what they agreed too. Now that you have endorsed this Iran Nuclear Deal we are sure the world is not in need of another Islamic Caliphate; moreover, the potential Western surrender in the Middle East the way you have left it.
More costly and ambitious measures, such as no-fly zones or buffer zones that would require tens of thousands of ground troops to effectively protect innocent civilians, did not receive the backing of any of Obama’s top policy advisers. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton has said that she favors a no-fly zone in Syria. She would whilst the Russian’s are flying continuously over Syria. This woman does not possess the experience nor the means to understand what is to be involved regarding this move. It is best to leave all other diplomats and politicians as far away from the proceedings as possible.
Senior U.S. officials, however, warned that such measures had the potential to put the United States in direct conflict with the Syrian regime and the Russian and Iranian forces backing it.
These latest deliberations come shortly after the president decided to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan past 2016, ending his ambition to bring service members home before he leaves office.