The man who promised to end United States involvement in what he termed “Bush’s War” has just doubled on the total amount of American combat troops into war torn Iraq. As reported by the Associated Press news service via KABC-TV in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 7, 2014, Barack Obama has authorized an additional 1,500 troops to the 1,600 already in-country.
When first seeking The White House in 2007, then-Senator Obama vowed to the American people he would end the American combat involvement in the war in Iraq against various Islamic Jihadist terrorist aligned organizations, such as the group formerly known as AQI (Al-Qaeda in Iraq), which morphed for a period of time to ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and is now going by the nom de guerre of simply IS (Islamic State). Military leaders as well as intelligence analysts have estimated that under Bush’s watch, AQI was down to less than 800 active members. However, the Central Intelligence Agency made public via the government controlled Voice of America just a few short months ago that ISIL’s strength was upwards of 31,000.
With the resurgence in ISIL in manpower came a corresponding land grab. Huge swaths of northern and eastern Syria as well as entire provinces of western and northern Iraq have fallen to the terrorists. Only in the loosest of definitions, Iraqi National Army troops “battled” ISIL fighters last summer, essentially dropping their weapons and running as fast as they could in the opposite direction.
Since summer, Obama increased American troops strength in Iraq from a rather small U.S. Marine security guard force attached to the American Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone, to a rather hefty 1,600 “advisers and trainers” attached to various Iraqi army units. Yet today’s announcement from the Commander-in-Chief authorizes an essential doubling of force, as well as a soon to be official request that Congress allocate an additional $5.6 billion to fun Obama’s involvement back into Iraq. Reportedly, the additional 1,500 Americans will also serve as “advisers and trainers.”