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Pentagon Chief Planning For Ground Troops In Iraq

Never believe anything until it has been officially denied, in this case multiple times. After President Obama has claimed ad nauseam that he would not send group troops to Iraq – while sending ground troops to Iraq – it appears the Pentagon has already been planning for large scale ground forces in Iraq and thinks it may be necessary to defeat ISIS.

In testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, disclosed that if the current bombing campaign against ISIS does not work the Pentagon has plans to use ground forces in Iraq that will be brought to the president. Dempsey also disclosed that President Obama told him that, despite such a plan contradicting Obama’s public stated limits on action in Iraq, Dempsey should come come back on a “case-by-case basis” with new plans including the use of ground troops.

“My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true,” General Dempsey said. “But if it fails to be true, and if there are threats to the United States, then I, of course, would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of U.S. military ground forces.”

General Dempsey acknowledged that this would run counter to the president’s policy, but he said, “He has told me as well to come back to him on a case-by-case basis.”

The White House responded to the testimony by saying there has been no change in the policy of no ground troops and that it is Dempsey’s job to “consider a wide range of contingencies.”

But General Dempsey is not alone in thinking the current military plan of airstrikes will not defeat ISIS. Few analysts inside or outside the Pentagon believe airstrikes will defeat ISIS on the ground even if those strikes expand into Syria. If ISIS is really the existential threat Obama and company have claimed (it isn’t) then how can they just stop at airstrikes and trying to arm semi-friendly locals on the ground?

Once again, the use of dishonest rhetoric has entrapped President Obama. After making up absurd claims about ISIS’ capability to harm America he now has to explain why he should not use every available means to destroy them. Obama came to power, in part, from expertly riding the backlash against the consequences of his predecessor lying about Iraq, now he has his own lies to deal with.

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Pentagon Chief Planning For Ground Troops In Iraq

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Never believe anything until it has been officially denied, in this case multiple times. After President Obama has claimed ad nauseam that he would not send group troops to Iraq – while sending ground troops to Iraq – it appears the Pentagon has already been planning for large scale ground forces in Iraq and thinks it may be necessary to defeat ISIS.

In testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, disclosed that if the current bombing campaign against ISIS does not work the Pentagon has plans to use ground forces in Iraq that will be brought to the president. Dempsey also disclosed that President Obama told him that, despite such a plan contradicting Obama’s public stated limits on action in Iraq, Dempsey should come come back on a “case-by-case basis” with new plans including the use of ground troops.

“My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward. I believe that will prove true,” General Dempsey said. “But if it fails to be true, and if there are threats to the United States, then I, of course, would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of U.S. military ground forces.”

General Dempsey acknowledged that this would run counter to the president’s policy, but he said, “He has told me as well to come back to him on a case-by-case basis.”

The White House responded to the testimony by saying there has been no change in the policy of no ground troops and that it is Dempsey’s job to “consider a wide range of contingencies.”

But General Dempsey is not alone in thinking the current military plan of airstrikes will not defeat ISIS. Few analysts inside or outside the Pentagon believe airstrikes will defeat ISIS on the ground even if those strikes expand into Syria. If ISIS is really the existential threat Obama and company have claimed (it isn’t) then how can they just stop at airstrikes and trying to arm semi-friendly locals on the ground?

Once again, the use of dishonest rhetoric has entrapped President Obama. After making up absurd claims about ISIS’ capability to harm America he now has to explain why he should not use every available means to destroy them. Obama came to power, in part, from expertly riding the backlash against the consequences of his predecessor lying about Iraq, now he has his own lies to deal with.

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