During the Obama era, our military maneuvers were transparent to a fault. We need the element of surprise when conducting operations overseas.
The Trump administration wants to break with Obama’s policy of discussing and forecasting the deployment of U.S. troops. This policy shift, which was announced last month after it came out that a unit of U.S. Marines had been quietly sent to Syria, is intended to give the U.S. the element of surprise in its battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
According to Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon, “In order to maintain tactical surprise, ensure operational security and force protection, the coalition will not routinely announce or confirm information about the capabilities, force numbers, locations, or movement of forces in or out of Iraq and Syria.”
This is in keeping with Trump’s rhetoric during the campaign: “I don’t want to be like Barack Obama where he announced a few months ago we are sending 50 soldiers, our finest, to Iraq and Syria. Why do you announce that? Why do you tell the enemy that your sending people over there and they now have a target on their backs?”Read the rest of this op-ed from The Federalist HERE.
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