ISIS Strikes
Boots Above the Ground
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  • Andrew Allison

    Does any sentient observer of this unfolding disaster really think that IS can be stopped without boots on the ground? The only battle-ready boots in the area are on Kurdish feet, and there aren’t enough of them to turn the tide. If the administration is actually serious about its pledge, the only viable course of action is to pull out of Iraq, support the Kurds to the hilt, and let the chips fall where they may.

    • f1b0nacc1

      This administration isn’t interested in resolving the issue, they are interested in not being blamed for it…a very different thing indeed. Airstrikes without troops to back them up are pointless exercises in political theatre, something that Obama and his ilk readily embrace.

  • B-Sabre

    I have it on good authority that the authorized footwear for all American troops in Iraq is a good pair of Birkenstock sandals. So….no boots on the ground!

  • Sibir_RUS

    Apache weak armor. In Iraq awful lot Zu-23.
    Russia supplies more armored helicopter Mi-28 in Iraq.

  • Tom Scharf

    Obama’s obsession with political optics will likely come back to haunt him here. What he seems unable to contemplate is what happens if he is forced to choose between losing this battle against ISIS or putting US ground troops in?

    It’s either humiliation and defeat, or escalation.

    Obama’s secret plan is probably to dither and run out the clock and hand this mess to the next president. I hope he enjoys all the indignation the next president has about the mess they inherited from Obama.

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