WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that he would deploy up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help its struggling security forces fend off a wave of Sunni militants who have overrun large parts of the country, edging the United States back into a conflict that Mr. Obama once thought he had left behind.
Warning that the militants pose a threat not just to Iraq but also to the United States, Mr. Obama said he was prepared to take “targeted and precise military action” — a campaign of airstrikes that a senior administration official said could be extended into neighboring Syria.
Mr. Obama’s robust military moves — coupled with his pointed warning to Iraq’s Shiite prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, to quell his country’s sectarian fires, and his announcement that Secretary of State John Kerry would embark on a diplomatic campaign — opened a risky new chapter in the president’s reluctant engagement with Iraq.
Having captured the presidency in part because of his opposition to the Iraq war and his promise to wind it down, Mr. Obama is now returning American soldiers to an unresolved conflict. After struggling to steer clear of the sectarian fault lines that divide Iraq, he is now plunging into yet another effort to unite a fractured country.
via Obama Sending Advisers to Iraq – NYTimes.com.
Holy Fucking Shit! It’s Deja Vu time again.
I’ve been out with a back problem lately and while I was blissed out on what passes for pain pills these days, evil reared its ugly head in the Middle East. I think I’m going to bliss out again until this all blows over.
When the hell will our evil geniuses invent the laser beam shooting drones that take out weapons but not people? Where is the research? We’ve got bigger and better bombs, but we can’t use them for whatever reasons, but we have no smart weapons. We are hurting for smart weapons.
I’d like to see these militants fight it out bare handed. No modern weapons. Sticks and stone style.
So maybe super smart laser beam shooting drones are a few years away. I don’t know why we have smart phones that follow your eyes on the screen and not gun neutralizers but I think we should have both.
How about in the meantime we just crop dust the whole region with MDMA. Just carpet bomb the shit out of these tweaked out gun wielding, Toyota truck driving madmen. They don’t really want to be fighting each other. They just have some severe Daddy issues. Nothing that a few weeks raving won’t cure, but we have to take action now, before the 300 American military advisers turn the whole place into a bad trip.
It would be awful and embarrassing to watch them all twerking like Mylie Cyrus, but at least they’d be alive. Is it chemical warfare if it doesn’t kill anyone? I lost my rule book. Can someone else look that up for me?
Is there anyone on Main Street who actually gives a shit about what happens in Iraq? I didn’t think so. Fuck this place. Let’s get the hell out of there before the rest of the nut bags join the fight.