That’s boots on the ground, and military personnel in harms way. Hiccup, those 500 Americans are earning combat pay for serving in Iraq.
“American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq, but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region and American interests as well.”
The president explained the current snippet of Iraq foreign policy this way last week in a 5 point speech. Here is a list of the five points in the annotated list below extracted from a transcript published by the Washington Post. Basically, the theme is that this action is in national interest. One reader commented on Facebook that “the Military Industrial Complex has gotten to President Obama.” Maybe they have because it is observed that Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and Boeing advertisements are appearing more frequently next to his positive war comments. That must be an accident, right?
- Secure the embassy and personnel operating inside of Iraq.
- Increase our intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets
- Continue to increase our support to Iraqi security forces
- Position additional U.S. military assets in the region
- Lead a diplomatic effort to work with Iraqi leaders and the countries in the region to support stability in Iraq
The larger point in the theme is that Iraqis must solve their own problems as Americans cannot do it for them. Middle Easterners have been trying to tell Americans that for a long time. The trouble is that their own internal ways create security threats that escape their borders and boundaries.
A paramount trouble is that Middle Eastern security problems disrupt the flow of oil on which economies are built. That condition is now changing as the world is beginning the slow process of transforming to renewable energy. The pace is too slow and nations and people will not achieve economic sustainability quickly enough to avert humanitarian disasters. What we see today is the tip of the meltdown.
“US flying armed drones over Iraq as unrest builds
By Tim Devaney - 06/28/14 12:46 PM EDT
The U.S. military is now flying armed drones over Iraq to protect troops in the country, as tensions with Sunni militants continue to rise, according to reports.
The Defense Department hopes these drones will help protect U.S. troops, including the 300 special advisers President Obama said he would send to help Iraq's Shiite-led government fend off the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The military does not plan to engage the Sunni militants with these armed drones, unless they are attacked. The U.S. was already flying surveillance drones over Iraq, but this move marks an escalation of the situation because the military is arming those drones in case they need to use them.
The Pentagon says there are about 500 U.S. troops in Iraq now, including about 180 of the 300 special advisers President Obama promised.”
From the Washington Post there is this transcript:
“President Obama delivered the following remarks on the crisis in Iraq on June 19 at the White House. Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. I just met with my national security team to discuss the situation in Iraq. We’ve been meeting regularly to review the situation since ISIL, a terrorist organization that operates in Iraq and Syria, made advances inside of Iraq. As I said last week, ISIL poses a threat to the Iraqi people, to the region and to U.S. interests. So today I wanted to provide you an update on how we’re responding to the situation.”