Despite his personal vow that there would be no American boots on the ground in the wake of the ISIS terrorist army crushing the Iraqi National Army at every turn in recent weeks, Barack Obama has since ordered hundreds of additional members of the Armed Forces into Iraq. As reported by Fox News on July 1, 2014, the government-controlled Voice of America on June 29, 2014, The Military Times newspaper (despite the name is independent of the Pentagon) on June 15, 2014, and CNN on June 13, 2014, since the Obama proclamation, there has been a slow, steady and very quiet increase in the numbers of uniformed personnel in the embattled nation.
With a rather conspicuous Marine Corps One ominously in the background, Barack Obama plainly promised the country on June 13, 2014 “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq…” Despite the Marine helicopter temporarily pulling duty as the world’s most high tech and expensive theatrical prop, at least 600 more troops have been sent in-country since the Commander-in-Chief promised he would do no such thing.
The latest amount is two hundred more American troops just hitting the ground in Iraq, reportedly not only to “reinforce security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad” but now with the added responsibility of defending the Baghdad International Airport located in the western outskirts of the city. With U.S. servicemen now assigned to the airport, that puts our troops perilously close to ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Greater Syria) forces just 25 miles to the west in the now occupied city of Fallujah.
Two days after Obama promised the nation that no additional troops would set foot on Iraqi soil, it was announced that “about” 100 Marines and soldiers were being sent to the Middle Eastern nation, ostensibly to beef up the Marine Security Guard detachment assigned to defend the largest U.S. diplomatic mission on the planet. With the total number of Leathernecks assigned to any given embassy or major consulate deemed classified, it is widely understood that Baghdad has between 60 to 100 Marines permanently assigned.
Late last month it was reported that 300 more military personnel were ordered to Iraq “to strengthen government security forces and help establish joint operation centers to combat ISIL.” Supposedly, the Special Forces troops
The usually Obama-friendly Baltimore Sun newspaper recently published an editorial/opinion piece warning of Obama taking his Viet-Nam styled “first step down a long, steep slippery slope into further entanglements.” The total number of American troops sent to Iraq since Obama pledged not to is almost the same amount of Marines that comprise a fully manned and combat trained infantry battalion.