Carrying a Little Stick
As Anbar Falls, Are Any Americans on the Ground There?
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  • Andrew Allison

    Just what is the point of deploying troops whom one intends to keep out of harm’s way?

  • Arkeygeezer

    If we send in troops to take Anbar provence, we will probably be successful. That means that we will be responsible for the well-being of Anbar provence. We do not want to be responsible for Anbar provence. Therefore, we should let Anbar provence shift for itself. They don’t want us and we don’t need them. If this is the “worst possible option” so be it!

    • Sibir_RUS

      In the 2012 the number of deaths as a result of suicide among American troops in Afghanistan exceeded combat losses.

  • Sibir_RUS

    Peacekeepers operate with UN sanctions.
    29 may international day of peacekeepers.

  • lhfry

    The reason is the midterm elections. The Democrats need their antiwar base to turn out. One US soldier coming home before the election in a body bag will queer that deal.

    • Curious Mayhem

      It’s not the voters so much — they’re important numerically only in California, maybe a few other places — but the wealthy, ultraliberal donors and the pressure groups they fund and the politicians they own. Obama is the figurehead they paid for, and they’re going to keep him in line.

  • B-Sabre

    My understanding is that Centcom is referring to the current operation as “Shock and Yawn.”

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