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Counting Boots on the Ground
Pentagon Given Authority to Raise Troop Limits in Iraq and Syria
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  • Unelected Leader

    Yeah. Politicians so often get a big head, and when they dabble in military affairs it’s often the wrong thing to do. Not unique to American presidents either. Saddam Hussein couldn’t help but intervene during the Iran-Iraq war and he made much more of a mess of things than they would’ve otherwise been.

  • FriendlyGoat

    There is nothing wrong with this as long as USA citizens are not treated as undeserving of knowing the continuous details on what THEIR military is doing. The armed forces of the USA are not the property of the president, not “my military”. If/when walls of secrecy go up, there is an immediate problem.

    • Jim__L

      If / when walls of secrecy go down, we get things like 9/11. Absolute openness is absolute stupidity, and helps no one but the sort of enemies who really do want to slaughter as many of us as they can.

      That’s why inculcating some form of values — and I don’t mean humoring the delusional via political correctness — is necessary to keep the military in line. We’ve been doing it right for most of the last 250 years, although I’m worried what can be done with the sort of careerists who have prospered in the last 8 years. A thorough housecleaning is probably in order.

  • D4x

    Is anyone discussing how/if Rules of Engagement have/have not changed? Micro-managing air strikes by JAG lawyers, in joint command centers, was a real constraint during O44’s tenure, until Dec, 2016. Civilian casualties can be a bigger controversy than deploying more ground troops, or maybe that is only if Israel is dropping the bombs…
    http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/02/24/us-changes-rules-engagement-mosul-fight-iraq.html

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