President Obama worked hard at bringing the troops back home…
But his promise to get rid of ISIS continued by Trump is causing US Military commanders to ramp UP the number of comabt troops and advisers along with air support and fire power these days….
So far there has been few casualties …
But in thes sort of actions they WILL come…
And then what will Trump & Co. do?
President Donald Trump’s pressure on the military to “demolish and destroy” the Islamic State is raising anxiety inside the Pentagon that the United States could end up in another open-ended ground war, according to current and former military officials.
The U.S. has quietly sent hundreds of additional troops to Iraq and Syria since Trump took office, and is considering dispatching thousands more to counter ISIS, fight militants in Yemen and stem a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan. But the deliberations are testing Trump’s promise to steer clear of foreign entanglements, and has his military commanders questioning whether they can maintain their meticulously drawn line between supporting local forces and leading the fight.
“How much more blood do we want to shed for Iraq?” asked one senior officer who recently returned from the war zone.
The escalating risk of U.S. casualties is shadowing the Pentagon’s internal strategy sessions, the officials said in interviews. Trump’s demand for a more aggressive strategy also raises concerns among commanders about whether they can accomplish the mission without turning U.S. troops into a substitute for local fighters, which until now have depended only on U.S. military advisers, special operations forces and air strikes.
“Some call this accelerating the campaign; some call it mission creep,” said one military officer involved in the discussions who was not authorized to speak publicly.
Some lawmakers say the U.S. military role in the region is steadily expanding with little if any debate about the implications.
“What we see happening is the classic definition of mission creep,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat and leading anti-war voice on Capitol Hill. “A few hundred here, a couple hundred there, a few more hundred here. You see our military footprint expanding ever more.”
Trump has straddled the issue — speaking out about the urgent need to defeat ISIS and criticizing former President Barack Obama’s “leading from behind strategy,” but also expressing wariness about large-scale military involvement in the Middle East….Share on Facebook