Rumors Of [Don’t Call It] War: Top US Military Leader Opens Door To American Boots On Ground In ISIS Fight
Apart from dropping nukes, American combat troops will be needed to “destroy” ISIS, according to the greatest military leaders and analysts in America and abroad. Barack Obama, mind you, seems to think he knows more about what it takes to win a
war dispute than they all do …
Proverbs 20:26, “A wise king sifts out the wicked, and brings the threshing wheel over them.”
James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
FOX News – “The top U.S. military leader opened the door Tuesday to U.S. troops on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State, testifying before Congress that he could recommend ‘U.S. military ground forces’ if the international coalition being formed proves ineffective against the terror group.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey made the statement during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Though President Obama vowed last week that the U.S. would ‘not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq’ and military leaders say ground troops are not needed at the moment, Dempsey said he could change his recommendation if he found circumstances ‘evolving’ in the region.
‘My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward,’ Dempsey said. ‘I believe that will prove true, 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.’
Dempsey provided one example of a scenario where he might recommend U.S. ground forces, saying they could be used to help Kurdish and Iraqi forces retake Mosul, now controlled by the Islamic State, or ISIS.
The statement comes as the administration faces a deep divide in Congress that muddies traditional partisan lines over the possibility of ground forces being introduced. Many Democrats and Republicans oppose U.S. combat troops entering the fight. But some Republican lawmakers have criticized the president for appearing to rule out that option.
‘ISIS is an army,’ Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., top Republican on the committee, said Tuesday. ‘It will take an army to beat an army.’
Inhofe also criticized the administration for its ‘indecision and hand-wringing’ before last week and expressed concern that the administration is still treating the mission as a chiefly counterterrorism mission.
Dempsey and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, though, defended the U.S. strategy in Iraq and Syria. And, for those uneasy about the U.S. entering yet another conflict in the Middle East, they claimed the group will directly threaten the U.S. homeland if left unchecked.
‘It considers itself the rightful inheritor of Usama bin Laden’s legacy,’ Hagel said.” Read more.
Report: Obama Overruled ‘Best Military Advice’ On Ground Troops To Fight ISIS – “The Washington Post reports today that when the president tasked military leaders with devising the best strategy to defeat ISIS, the Pentagon presented a plan that involved a limited number of combat “boots on the ground.” … ‘Such a mission was not the U.S. military’s preferred option. Responding to a White House request for options to confront the Islamic State, Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, said that his best military advice was to send a modest contingent of American troops, principally Special Operations forces… The recommendation, conveyed to the White House by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was cast aside in favor of options that did not involve U.S. ground forces in a front-line role …” Read more.