With last week’s death of a US Special Forces soldier serving as the first confirmed instance of US ground troops put in combat operations in Iraq, the Pentagon has spent most of this week distancing itself from the old “non-combat” narrative, insisting the war obviously involves ground combat, and setting the stage for today’s plan to send special forces into Syria to fight ISIS.
Today, however, hot off the heels of this new deployment announcement, the White House is back to spinning the whole thing as “non-combat,” insisting the strategy “hasn’t changed” and that the troops are going to serve in a purely advisory role, a claim that contradicts what the Pentagon has been saying for days.
Incredibly, the White House is also defending sending ground troops to Syria as not violating President Obama’s pledge not to put “boots on the ground” in Syria, insisting anyone who interprets the grounds troops as boots on the ground is taking the president “out of context.”
Thus, while the Pentagon had seemingly resigned themselves to ceding the argument about combat, the White House seems determined to maintain the pretense, through countless new escalations, that the war remains some purely theoretical, aid-based exercise.
9 thoughts on “Respinning, White House Insists Troops in Syria Won’t Have ‘Combat Mission’”
A favor to a successor? Must be nice to just keep 'inheriting' wars…then you needn't get blamed for it yourself.
They are there to STOP Russia from attacking US Al Qaeda Assetts!
What Syria wants to tell the US is that it considers ALL foreign Fighters EXCEPT those Specifically allied to them to be in effect unlawful combatants whether they are from a foreign Military or not unless there is a formal declaration of War!
Up the rhetoric, make America DO SOMETHING it hasn't done since 1943, declare a War, somehow I doubt whether America has the intestinal fortitude to actually do it! It would show clearly that they are the aggressor for all history! Worse still for them it would show AT HOME that they have gone to war with Al Qaeda as their ally!
Declarations of war have gone out of fashion. I don't think we'll ever see one again. As for al-Qaeda, the US was allied to Stalin in WWII. The war was no sooner over that the US allied with Germans who had held significant positions in the nazi regime to fight Stalin. War makes even stranger bedfellows than politics!
War is politics.
Al-Qaeda has been the excuse used to waste thousand of American lives, hundreds of thousands of others, and trillions of taxpayer dollars. When you dismiss our alliance with Al-Qaeda you insult every one of those deaths and, quite frankly, are a traitor to your country.
Further, Stalin did not cut out and eat livers on Youtube, although I'm sure propaganda would have you believe differently.
Vietnam started this way! The cautious Kennedy gave way to the agressive Johnson.
Kennedy was cautious how?
Then send civilians, not "troops". Or better yet, don't send anyone and get everyone who is already there, out.
Here's an idea. Let Russia take care of ISIS in Syria; and let the USA take care of them in Iraq.
Then see which country is free of ISIS next year. Let the competition begin.
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