“We have had advisers in Iraq through our embassy and we are prepared to send a small number of additional American military advisers — up to 300 — to assess how we can best train, advise and support Iraqi security forces going forward.”
“American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region and American interests as well.”
With these words today, President Barack Obama outlined his first response to the situation in Iraq. He went out of his way to say that American forces will not be returning to combat. I don’t believe it. Despite these assurances from President Barack Obama, it strains credibility to believe that the United States can send 300 military advisers today and not get dragged into the conflict in a deeper way tomorrow. Whether the president uses these words were not, 300 military advisers are “boots on the ground”. And without a clear strategy of what we want to accomplish, it seems unlikely that it will only be 300 military advisers.