Allen B. West

Mr. President, what you’re doing to our troops right now is INSANE, and here’s why

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I must say, it would just be better if President Obama declined to make any comments about national security and military operations. His continued commentary indicates someone who hasn’t a doggone clue and displays an unimaginable level of confusion and incompetence. Even worse, the sons of others will have to pay the price for his inane and disconcerting actions.

As reported by The Hill, “President Obama said Monday that U.S. special operations forces in Syria will not be fighting “on the front lines” against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants. During an interview with NBC News, the president pushed back against the idea that the new deployment violates his pledge not to put “boots on the ground” in Syria to fight ISIS. “We are not putting U.S. troops on the front lines fighting firefights with ISIL,” Obama said, using a different acronym for the group.

“I’ve been consistent throughout that we are not going to be fighting, like we did in Iraq, with battalions and occupations,” he added. “That doesn’t solve the problem.” Obama commented for the first time on his decision to send a small group of special operations forces to Syria, a move that deepened U.S. involvement in the conflict there in a way he has previously avoided. Fewer than 50 troops will help train, advise and assist local forces fighting the Islamic extremist group on the ground.

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But for years, Obama has resisted calls to send U.S. ground forces into Syria beyond one-time raids. The president is escalating his involvement in Syria at a time when Russia is conducting a bombing campaign to prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad against opposition forces threatening to remove him from power. Obama, however, denied the move amounted to a change in the administration’s strategy in the war-torn country.

“Keep in mind that we have run special ops already and really this is just an extension of what we are continuing to do,” he said.”

First of all, for President Obama to make the statement “we are not going to be fighting, like we did in Iraq” reflects a politician locked in on his ideology and not reality. Fighting an enemy has nothing to do with what someone previously did.

As a matter of fact, the fighting in Iraq had eradicated the enemy from the battlefield – al-Qaida in Iraq was defeated. And so here we have President Obama so concerned about not being President George W. Bush that he would foolishly surrender the gains made by the blood of our “fighting” men and women.

And for his pledge to not put “boots on the ground” — that ship has long since sailed, as we saw with the Delta Force hostage rescue operation in which a decorated American, MSG Joshua Wheeler, lost his life.

Mr. President, the message I need you to understand is clear, so listen up. You do not get to decide from the White House what the “front lines” are. If you do not want our men deployed into a combat zone to get engaged in a firefight with the enemy, then don’t deploy them.

Our troops are not there for you to use as pawns in some game that enables you to save face. We are well beyond the “train, advise, and assist” mission. This is all about fighting. If these men are being deployed not to engage the enemy in firefights, then what do you want them to do? Direct traffic?

This is how it works. The nature of the Middle East is that people there only respect strength and might. The Kurds are renowned fighters; they do not need babysitters. No one will respect our troops if you send them over to just coordinate delivery of supplies and ammo. If that’s the case, send UPS.

Don’t tell the families of our best warriors that they’redeploying to stand by and watch. So what happens when the enemy shoots at our troops, huh Mr. President? That’s called a firefight. Do they run away or do they return fire and kill the enemy?

When Obama is sitting back here safe and sound protected by U.S. Secret Service agents, how dare he send our warriors into harm’s way and with the caveat that they’re not there to be fighting — this is beyond insane.

And we should want battalions to engage ISIS — those are ground formations that will bring about the destruction of the enemy, if that’s what we truly want…something tells me Obama doesn’t want that.

Instead, President Obama is making jokes with his sycophant kool-aid drinkers about the CNBC debate. Sir, you want to impress me, go into a combat zone, or stop acting as if you know how to operate within one.

Yes, President Obama is weak and ISIS, Putin, Iran, and China are laughing at him. Can you imagine what Vladimir Putin thinks of him deploying troops and telling them they’re not there to get into a firefight with the enemy? I’m just waiting for some chucklehead liberal progressive socialist to explain to me how any of this makes sense.

Someone has to speak up for our men and women in uniform because what Barack Obama is doing is simply criminal. Sending men into harm’s way and telling them not to fight — there is no excuse for this other than Obama being more concerned about himself than those special operators. And where are the leaders in uniform who will stand up and refuse the order based on this guidance? Is there no one who will look Obama in the eye and tell him, “that dog don’t hunt?” I don’t expect SecDef Carter to do so, but surely, there is one four-star general who will finally say “ENOUGH?”

“Even though the U.S. troops do not have an explicit “combat mission,” U.S. officials have acknowledged they could find themselves in harm’s way. “There is no denying the amount of risk they are taking on here and they will be equipped to defend themselves,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said last Friday.”

The Obama administration is playing a deadly game with the lives of our troops. It’s not about being equipped to defend themselves. It’s about having leadership that sends them into doing what they want to do, what they do best: find the enemy and use every available weapons system to kill them. That’s the message we need to send, but we will not until we get rid of sheep trying to lead lions.

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