Look the Other Way as Obama Sends 1,500 More Troops to Iraq


White House / Pete Souza

New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker reported that President Obama will send 1,500 more troops to Iraq in a "non-combat role."

The troops will advise Iraqi Security Forces in their military efforts against ISIS, according to The Huffington Post. They will also run their own Iraqi military facilities in Baghdad and Erbil. Previously, those facilities were jointly operated by Iraqi and U.S. forces.

That's just the beginning. Obama also wants $5 billion from Congress to finance anti-ISIS efforts:

Obama is also asking Congress for more than $5 billion to help fund the fight:

The White House says the troops won't serve in a combat role, but will train, advise and assist Iraqi military and Kurdish forces fighting IS.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama has also authorized the additional personnel to operate at Iraqi military facilities outside Baghdad and Erbil. Until now, U.S. troops have been operating a joint operation center setup with Iraqi forces there.

The announcement is part of a $5.6 billion funding request to Congress and came just after Obama met with congressional leaders Friday.

More troops. More funding. More facilities. But, hey, it's all "non-combat" stuff—as if deploying increasing numbers of U.S. forces and supplies to a civil war zone could be rationally considered non-combat, regardless of what the ostensible mission is.

The president's anti-ISIS efforts are clearly escalating into an all-out war with unclear objectives, uncertain allies, and low odds of success. Your move, newly-empowered Republican Congress.

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  1. What we need now is a Declaration of Not-War.

    1. I believe that there has already been at least one coffin on the return flight from this "kinetic military action".

      I wonder how many it will take before the Obama loyalists have had enough?

      Of course, maybe it will be President Cruz by then and anti-war will be back in style.

      1. Ah, I see. Not boots on the ground. Boots in the ground.

      2. This is totally different. Obama sends troops off to die on foreign adventures because ISIS is bad and makes slick recruitment videos. That is totally different from when Bush sent troops off to die on foreign adventures because HALLIBURTON.

        1. I'm learning so much today. So the difference now is that limited liability corporations aren't being sent over. As everyone knows, corporations are artificial persons. They can't be bargained with. They can't be reasoned with. They don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. . .or have bought their shit you don't need.

        2. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but, I often wonder if Geo. W. Bush's reasons for going into Iraq weren't more driven, at least in part, by the fact that Saddam Hussein had put out a "hit" on his father, Geo. H.W. Bush. Just a random neuron firing down a different axon and to go all Evil Knievel jumping across a wide synapse.

      3. Voting elephant or donkey is like choosing between a 12 ga or 308 shot to the head. Both options suck and the end result is the same.

        1. It' more like the South Park episode in which the school was to choose a new mascot to replace the Cow. Their choices were either the Douche or the Shit Sandwich.

  2. $5 billion from Congress to finance anti-ISIS efforts

    I'm beginning to wonder if the various factions in the Middle East aren't just playing with us - taking turns at good cop/bad cop while bleeding us dry.

    1. Wasn't that the Bin Laden plan all along?

      1. was. To hit is in the wallet while killing as many Americans as they could along the way.

    2. The fed was spending $85B per month not so long ago. $5B is toilet paper.

      This is, of course, terrifying.

      1. Actually, I'd prefer that the $5B go to Venezuela and that we get out of Iraq.

        1. If our politicians are going to spend the money (ad let's face it, if it's not Iraq, it's something else), let them bring me modern fucking internet.

  3. What happened to all the Iraqi troops that the U.S. advised and trained for the last ten years? I guess we have a new crop of better advisors and less retarded Iraqi "soldiers?"

    1. They ran away, obviously.

    2. The regular soldiers finished their terms, the officer corps was shaken up mostly on loyalty to al-Maliki and company.

      They had some pretty effective units at the end of 2008 (especially the 1st QRF). But they have turned over almost everyone by now and have gone to pot.

  4. Unbelievable. Not content to make the mistakes of Eisenhower, Obama speeds the process up so that he can make the mistakes of Eisenhower AND Kennedy.

  5. If historians haven't already settled on a moniker for the Age of Obama, I'd suggest the Dunning-Kruger Presidency.

      1. The New Marian Consulate.

  6. IRAQ: The battle of Five Armies

    1. USA

    2. Iraq

    3. ISIS

    4. Iranian revolutionary guards

    5. Kurds

    The UK just needs to send in Ian McKellan as an advisor.

  7. "Advising and training" is exactly how it started in Vietnam before it escalated in to full blown war.

  8. Well, we already have Apaches there. So, I ask you ... What difference does it make?

  9. President Obama is sending 1,500 more troops into Iraq to "train" the Iraqi troops (good luck with that!). But Obama being Obama, how do you think he will mess this one up?

    a) He will put the soldiers under UN command

    b) The troops will be primarily drawn from releasees from Guantanamo Bay

    c) On the way the troops will spend a night in Liberia for a fine evening of dining and dancing

    d) Obama will send his special transgendered paratrooper brigade.

    e) Something else

  10. I hope all the anti-Bush & anti-War folks, particularly on the liberal-left, are paying attention to this. BTW...Didn't B.O. campaign AGAINST this very thing leading up to 2008? (I'm not suggesting Bush was all that great a president or that war itself is a great thing. Just pointing at the elephant in the room.)

  11. Breaking News: May 11, 1965, President Orders More Advisers to War Zone

    I wonder why this announcement was made today. I don't suppose they knew they would be sending more troops to Iraq last week?

    Nawh. Why, he is, "?least political president in modern U.S. history.."

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