The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, is saying it may be necessary for U.S. troops to fight alongside Iraqi troops in what one commentator has called “The Iraq War, version 3.0.” He is also calling it a “generational effort.” Meaning what? That it could go on for generations? Huh? How many? Is he suggesting a military commitment for the next 100 years or so?
What’s the plan? How many generations does he have in mind?
Is the United States now assuming ongoing military ownership of the Middle East, or at least Iraq and a big chunk of Syria and Kurdistan, for an indefinite period of time at the U.S. taxpayer’s expense? What the hell are these guys thinking?
Remember the words of President Obama, when he said, “…we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American servicemembers to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces. Now that those teams have completed their work –- and Iraq has formed a government –- we will send an additional 475 servicemembers to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission –- we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. “
That’s what he said. Just six days ago. And now our top man in uniform is saying something else. Obama’s off the hook, because he didn’t say it, Dempsey did, and Dempsey is only saying that he may recommend that the President should order our combat troops to once again fight alongside the Iraqis. Nevertheless, Dempsey was with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel when he said it, and Hagel works for Mr. Obama, so it’s difficult to believe Mr. Obama had no idea what Dempsey and Hagel were going to say.
It appears likely that we are being set up for a possible about-face by Obama, who will, at some future date, announce that he has accepted a recommendation from the Joint Chiefs to put American ground forces back in the fight in Iraq, thus continuing the utter futility of applying yet another military solution to a political problem.
It won’t be Mr. Obama’s idea, it’ll be coming from our military heroes, and they’re always right. Right?
I have this fantasy of the President addressing the nation with the news that “We are dropping out of this fight. It’s not ours to win or lose. It’s the Saudis and the other Arab nations that will need to settle their sectarian differences on a long-term basis and not the United States. We cannot hope to fix their ideological differences ranging back over at least 14-hundred years and we will no longer commit our troops to being a mercenary force for the Saudis.”
Of course that will never happen. It would throw the international oil business into a state of chaos. So, rather than pulling our troops out of Iraq, we are now being softened up to accept what could be a fight lasting for generations. Somebody needs to tell Dempsey that it’s already 14-hundred years old.