Islamic State: President Obama just broke last year's promise that "American forces will not have a combat mission" against the Islamic State. And it's a mission he doesn't even believe in.
A "senior U.S. official" called sending special operations ground forces against IS a "shift" but not a "change" in policy.
Presumably, it's "Shift" We Can Believe In.
Then White House spokesman Josh Earnest called it an "expansion" but not a "change."
Of course, it's very much a change.
Recall the president's words from a year ago in September: "I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil."
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He compared it to his counterterrorism strategy in Yemen, which fell apart a few weeks after the September 2014 speech as Iran-backed rebels overwhelmed the U.S.-backed government.
But now, with U.S. efforts against IS obviously failing, and Russia showing us up with its intervention, Obama is sending a few dozen commandos into northern Syria.
The president, of course, has a bias toward special ops, the Navy's SEAL Team Six having taken out Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Earnest admitted, "There is no denying the amount of risk they are taking on here."Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.
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