Obama Reverses Field – U.S. Troops To Fight In Syria Against ISIS (And Russians?)

After who knows how many times the Obama Administration assured us that U.S. military forces would not become involved in combat actions in Syria, that idea is suddenly history.  In fact, our troops have already been involved in some fighting, costing one American his life – Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler.

This is right out of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, folks.  Here are the snippets from NBCNews.com, along with my editorial comments:

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin “direct action on the ground” against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive.

“We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,” Carter said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee, using an alternative name for the militant group.

I already asked the question and I’ll ask again:  How do we tell who the “capable partners” are in a Muslim civil war – where all of the factions read the Quran and follow its dictates to kill non-Muslims?  We have no friends in Syria.  This is a struggle for power inside a Muslim state.

Carter and Pentagon officials initially refused to characterize the rescue operation as U.S. boots on the ground. However, Carter said last week that the military expects “more raids of this kind” and that the rescue mission “represents a continuation of our advise and assist mission.”

Ah.  So, a rescue mission involving U.S. soldiers firing their weapons and losing one of their own in combat is not “boots on the ground.”  I see.  I think.  No, wait, I don’t get it.  Wasn’t that two conflicting ideas in one paragraph?  It was.

This may mean some American soldiers “will be in harm’s way, no question about it,” Carter said last week.

So, it is boots on the ground.  In Syria – where President Obama promised us we’ll never have boots on the ground.

After months of denying that U.S. troops would be in any combat role in Iraq, Carter late last week in a response to a question posed by NBC News, also acknowledged that the situation U.S. soldiers found themselves in during the raid in Hawija was combat.

“This is combat and things are complicated,” Carter said.

During Tuesday’s Senate hearing, Carter said Wheeler “was killed in combat.”

Okay.  So, our troops are in combat now – in Syria – where we’ll never have troops in combat.  Why?

White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz on Tuesday said the administration has “no intention of long term ground combat”. He added that U.S. forces will continue to robustly train, advise and assist.

I think I’ve heard this idea before.  First it was no ground combat in Syria.  Now it’s combat in Syria, but no intention of long term ground combat.  I feel better now.  Why are we doing this?

A feisty Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said on Tuesday in the Senate Armed Services committee hearing that the U.S. effort in Syria is a “half-assed strategy at best,” and said that the U.S. is not doing a “damn thing” to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Ah, yes, the feisty Senator Lindsey Graham.  We finally got to it.  This is why we’ve got boots on the ground in Syria, now.  We must bring down Bashar Assad’s regime, just like we brought down Moammar Ghadaffi’s Libyan regime, and Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq and look what happened.  Arab Spring.  Chaos, more Muslim civil war, jihad, ISIS, a caliphate.  And Europe over-run by millions of “refugees” from the post-Arab Spring internecine power struggles.

Carter on Tuesday pushed back against that notion.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged that the “balance of forces” has tilted in Assad’s favor.

I just love that push-back stuff – don’t you?  But wait a minute.

The Russian army and air forces are in Syria, killing what we’re to believe are the good jihadis and defending Bashar Assad’s regime.  The Obama administration is sending our troops in there committed to destroying Bashar Assad’s regime and killing only the bad jihadis.  I mean, how do you tell who’s who?  Can you really tell?  I’m just asking.

So, let’s say the Russians kill all the good jihadis and our soldiers kill all the bad jihadis.  Then what?  How long will it be until the U.S. forces and the Russian forces are shooting at each other over whether or not Bashar Assad stays in power?

Not too long, I’d say.  It’s highly possible.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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