Barack Obama doesn’t want to do the only thing that could actually destroy the Islamic State: send combat troops back to Iraq. To do that would be to admit the failure of his Iraq policies since the beginning of his Administration. And even if he did send troops, he would probably hamstring them, as in Afghanistan, with impossible Rules of Engagement, such that they wouldn’t destroy the Islamic State anyway, and the jihad would resume at full force as soon as the Americans were gone again.
“Obama to send approximately 350 additional military personnel to Iraq,” FoxNews.com, September 2, 2014 (thanks to Kenneth):
President Obama announced Tuesday he is sending approximately 350 additional military personnel to Iraq to protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and workers in Baghdad.
The White House said in a press release that the personnel will not serve a combat role, and are fulfilling a request from the State Department for more protection as the country fights an insurgency from the Islamic State militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
The White House said the additional personnel will be able to provide a “more robust, sustainable security force” and will allow previously deployed personnel to leave the country.
Additionally, the White House said the U.S. is continuing to support the Iraqi government against the terror group, which it says “poses a threat not only to Iraq, but to the broader Middle East and U.S. personnel and interests in the region.”
“The president will be consulting this week with NATO allies regarding additional actions to take against ISIL and to develop a broad-based international coalition to implement a comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners in the fight against ISIL,” the release stated.
As of August 13, there were approximately 1,000 U.S. military personnel in Iraq working to combat the threat from the Islamic State. According to the Associated Press, the personnel mainly consisted of security forces and assessment and advising personnel….