Saturday, October 31, 2015

Obama Aides Explain How A Deadly Firefight With ISIS isn't Really Combat

Delta Force Army file photo
Here's the scene last week: Army Delta Force troops, in boots on the ground in Iraq, swooping into an ISIS prison camp along with Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers. The mission: Free more than five dozen Kurdish and Iraqi captives believed in imminent danger of mass execution.
Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler
In the darkness, a fierce firefight erupts. The Kurdish and Iraqi break-in stalls. The experienced Special Ops guys, who happen to be heavily-armed in body armor, night-vision goggles and full combat gear, open up. Numerous ISIS troops fall. So does one U.S. operative, Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, a veteran of 14 deployments. They breach the buildings. Prisoners are freed. Valuable intell gathered.
As choppers whop-whop away, smart bombs whistle in out of the night. Prison camp disappears.
All this, according to the silly parlance and ridiculous rationale of Obama administration officials, is not real combat.
Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler this week became the 
first soldier to die in action in Iraq since 2011.AFP
How, normal people might inquire, is a blazing firefight with fatalities and large explosions not really combat?
Because these officials are once again unfortunate hostages to yet another unfortunate statement by Barack Obama. Remember the red line in Syria? The ObamaCare promises? Again, contemporary reality must be twisted to conform to Obama's past rhetoric.
On Sept. 17 last year -- oh, look, during the run-up to mid-term elections -- Obama spoke briefly to troops at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base, home to the Joint Operations Center of U.S. Central Command. Here's what Obama told those men and women:
"I want to be clear: The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission."
That same day an obedient Secretary of State John Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "U.S. ground troops will not be sent into combat in this conflict."
Read the rest of this IBD op-ed HERE.

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