This appeared on the Fox News site.
he White House appeared to walk a fine line Wednesday as a team of armed U.S. troops arrived in Islamic State-held territory in northern Iraq to plan a possible rescue mission, yet officials insisted they would not be in a “combat role.”
Since President Obama announced last Thursday that he had authorized airstrikes in Iraq, he and his deputies have stressed that U.S. combat troops will not return to the warzone. But amid concerns that the “limited” airstrikes against Islamic State militants are having a limited impact, his security team is reviewing new options for potentially rescuing the thousands of Yazidi refugees stuck on a mountain and relying strictly on aid drops for food and water.
One of those options, a White House official indicated Wednesday, could include ground troops — just not combat troops.
“[Obama is] open to recommendations in which the United States is helping to facilitate the removal of these people from the mountain on a humanitarian mission, which we believe is separate than saying U.S. forces are going to be redeployed in Iraq in a combat role to take the fight to [the Islamic State],” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Wednesday.
Rhodes said the options being considered include a series of airlifts but also “corridors” — a term for creating the conditions on the ground so the refugees can flee to safety.
Asked if the president would authorize ground troops to establish such a corridor, Rhodes said the decision has not been made yet.
But he stressed that “what [Obama’s] ruled out” is bringing U.S. forces into combat on the ground.
Let me get this straight. The President may send in ground troops. If he does, will they be wearing boots? “Yes.” Then it’s boots on the ground in Iraq. In 2014. That’s 11+ years.
Will the troops be armed? “Yes.” Then they are combat troops. “No, no, no. They are merely ground troops.”
Ground, as in ground round.
If the President sends in unarmed troops, Hillary will be gunning for him. He will be unarmed. But if he sends in armed troops, they will be combat troops as soon as ISIS decides to attack.
Remember back in 2001? Remember how we were told that Americans must not let terrorists shape our agenda?
The terrorists are shaping our agenda.