US Marines fire a Howitzer artillery gun during the Second Battle of Fallujah. / Photo by Lance Corporal Samantha L. Jones, USMC.
Daniel L. Davis, National Interest: Why Are More Troops Headed To Iraq?
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday that the president had authorized the deployment of 560 U.S. troops to Iraq to aid in the looming assault to retake the city of Mosul. While it is possible these troops will provide tactical utility for Iraqi forces, the move exposes the Administration’s lack of strategic understanding and Congress’s continued abdication of its constitutional responsibilities.
At the tactical level, there is no doubt the Iraqi military will benefit from the U.S. troops. A Department of Defense statement said the U.S. service members “will provide a range of support for Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), including infrastructure and logistical capabilities at the airfield near Qayyarah [close to Mosul].”
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WNU Editor: Daniel L. Davis is right .... President Obama has been given a pass by the Congress, the media, pundits, etc., on why more U.S. troops are needed in Iraq. And what is even more frustrating .... I have been following this conflict for years, and I still cannot make sense on what is the precise U.S. policy and strategy for this war and for the region as a whole. It is almost as if everything has (and is) being decided "on the fly" and/or putting everything off for the next President to sort out and to make the hard (and unpopular) decisions.