Obama set to send “military advisers” to Iraq

Obama sending “military advisers” to Iraq to help stabilize the country

Obama meeting with Maliki | CREDIT: Wiki Commons
Obama meeting with Maliki | CREDIT: Wiki Commons

President Obama said late Thursday that he would be sending around 300 military advisers to Iraq to help fend off attacks by Sunni militants. The president said the goal was to prevent civil war from breaking out in Iraq that could destroy the region and prevent a safe haven for terrorists in northern Iraq and Syria, where U.S. enemies could plan and launch attacks against our national interests both at home and abroad.

Obama assured the American public that American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq. The focus of deploying these “military advisers” is to find out how large a threat ISIS. ISIS has continued to reclaim Iraq as their own by taking Tal Afar, Mosul and Tikrit and moving at a rapid rate south.

The advisers will be made up of Navy SEALs and Rangers according to a CNN report. According to a Lt. Col. Douglas Ollivant, “They’ll be sitting in offices, not out on the front lines, and they’ll be looking at the maps,”

They will form teams of twelve and partner with Iraqis to form join operation centers according to White House officials. They will be responsible for gathering intelligence and advising the President should he decide to launch airstrikes. They will also pass on intelligence to Iraqi forces according to Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling.

Some key military figures believe they should not be there. I do not support them being there; we have offered Iraq help and they have shut us down. Until Maliki resigns or is ousted we should not offer any more help. According to some, the militants are just thugs driving around with machine guns who do not pose a military threat to America.

Obama has called for new Iraqi leadership but is not for America to choose those leaders. He said, “It is clear, though, that only leaders that can govern with an inclusive agenda are going to be able to truly bring the Iraqi people together and help them through this crisis.” According to the Department of Defense Press Obama said his administration has told Maliki there “has to be an agenda in which Sunni, Shia, and Kurds all feel that they have the opportunity to advance their interest through the political process,” and that “as long as those deep divisions continue or worsen, it’s going to be very hard for an Iraqi central government to direct an Iraqi military to deal with these threats.”

Obama is first attempting a diplomatic resolution to the conflict by sending Secretary Kerry to the Middle East for talks with American allies. We need to realize you can’t negotiate with people who want to kill Americans. We can’t help Iraqi forces who run from the first sign of a firefight. Iraqi’s need to fend for themselves.

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