Hot War: Obama Announces Boots on the Ground in Syria and Iraq – Military to Engage ISIS [Video]

by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | October 27, 2015 1:34 pm

Ashton Carter, Obama’s Defense Secretary[1], just told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US will begin “direct action on the ground” in Syria and Iraq. Carter says we will use the three R’s: Raqqa, Ramadi and raids. The conflict just got even hotter as Carter has said that Russia is on the wrong side of the conflict. This comes on the heels of last week’s rescue operation with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to free 70 hostages held by ISIS. We lost a Delta Force warrior in that raid. They are refusing to call this ‘boots on the ground,’ but that is what this is. This may mean some American soldiers “will be in harm’s way, no question about it,” Carter said last week. This is to justify combat moves in fighting the Islamic State. So far, the White House has been speaking out of both sides of its mouth… one moment saying that this is not a combat situation and the next claiming that it is.

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From NBC News:

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin “direct action on the ground” against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.

“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.

Carter pointed to last week’s rescue operation with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq to free hostages held by ISIS.

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.”

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

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.”

A feisty Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said on Tuesday 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.

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.

This move was recommended by Obama’s senior national security advisers. Before Carter made this announcement, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the raid in Kirkuk was not a precursor to direct US military activity on the ground in Iraq. “There’s a discrepancy between the official rhetoric coming from the Pentagon and the White House and the reality on the ground. What happened with that soldier being killed is clearly a case of combat: he died in combat. So for the Administration to then say that the US will not have a combat role doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me,” said Max Abrahms, Assistant Professor at Northeastern University. In March, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told the House Appropriations Committee’s defense panel boots on the ground would eventually be required in Syria and would fight alongside moderate Syrian rebel groups. And here we are, boots on the ground after all.

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