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Obama sends 275 troops to Iraq as he says he won't

Obama just said that he is not deploying troops to Iraq, but of course he is. He has to send troops to protect embassy personnel. Soon, he will have to send troops to protect land-based drone deployment. Larger contingents of Americans require larger and larger troop and logistics support deployments. We all know that because Americans are experienced warriors. So, stop not telling the truth, the whole truth. That is where this president gets into trouble.

Are we coming or going?

What we don’t understand is comprehensive American foreign policy and strategy for collaborating with all parties in the Middle East to produce a peaceful outcome. The news yesterday hinted that we might “cooperate” with Iran to help secure Iraq. However, Iranians said that cooperation is not “collaboration”. OK, you see how it is.

It may be that the al Qaeda turned Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has created such a significant crisis that a united response may be a desirable outcome. We shall see.

“U.S. troops entering Iraq

Julie Pace and Lara Jakes, Associated Press;11:08 p.m. CDT June 16, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency, even as the White House insists anew that America will not be dragged into another war.

President Barack Obama notified Congress Monday that up to 275 troops could be sent to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the American Embassy in Baghdad. About 170 of those forces have already arrived and another 100 soldiers will be on standby in a nearby country until they are needed, a U.S. official said.

While Obama has vowed to keep U.S. forces out of combat in Iraq, he said in his notification to Congress that the personnel moving into the region are equipped for direct fighting.”

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