Perhaps you haven’t heard. President Obama has ended two wars. He has stated so several times, and his closest advisor Valerie Jarrett confirmed it on CBS’ 60 Minutes last Sunday.
Of course she wasn’t pressed by interviewer Norah O’Donnell, who was preoccupied with the president’s inability to reach across the aisle and persuade the GOP to give his Supreme Court nominee a hearing. “Help me out,” she asked, “Does he have any Republican friends?”
What a waste of air time. There will be no hearing.
Back to the war. The president insists there will be not boots on the ground in Iraq. Our troops do not have a combat role. Yet, after the ISIS killing of Navy Seal Charlie Keating IV, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, “It is a combat death, of course, and a very sad loss.”
Supposedly, we have some 4,000 military warriors in Iraq to serve as trainers in the U.S.-led coalition, but Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) recently said the number is closer to 6,000. It seems there’s a numbers game being played where 90-day temporary duty assignments aren’t counted.
Then there’s the headline in today’s Wall Street Journal, Fight for Fallujah Underway. Yes, the same Fallujah taken in a bitter battle by U.S. Marines in 2004. We are to believe there are no U.S. in combat there.
We still have troops in Afghanistan too, including Special Forces who are there to put a target on the back of Taliban leaders for our drone operators.
And let’s not forget that 75 percent of U.S. warriors killed in action there were under the watch of our “no strategy” Nobel Peace Prize president, the master of rules of engagement warfare and leading from behind.
As hard as his staffers may spin, Obama’s legacy on Iraq, Afghanistan and the entire Middle East will not be kind. He has only himself to blame.
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