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Obama Sending 275 Troops To Protect U.S. Embassy In Iraq
RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | June 17, 2014 | RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Posted on 06/17/2014 12:23:11 AM PDT by WhiskeyX

U.S. President Barack Obama has informed Congress he is deploying up to 275 troops to provide security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

The announcement on June 16 comes after Sunni-led militants from an Al-Qaeda splinter group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), seized large swaths of territory across northern Iraq in recent days and advanced toward Baghdad

Obama's announcement is in accordance with the U.S. War Powers Act – a federal law that checks the U.S. president’s power to send troops into foreign military action without consent from Congress.

The law requires the president to inform Congress within 48 hours of sending troops into military action abroad.

It also forbids troops from remaining deployed longer than 60 days, plus an additional 30 day withdrawal period, without Congressional authorization or a formal declaration of war by Congress.

(Excerpt) Read more at rferl.org ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: baghdad; iraq; obama

1 posted on 06/17/2014 12:23:11 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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2 posted on 06/17/2014 12:46:32 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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I hope there are plans to evacuate and/or reenforce these troops when they come under fire. If the terrorists have Stingers, they have other heavy weapons too. We don’t need another Benghazi!


3 posted on 06/17/2014 12:50:37 AM PDT by Dapper 26
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These soldiers are not boots on the ground. Obama just said a few days ago that no soldiers would be sent. These are just security. If they happen to get fired upon and then return fire it would be work place violence not combat. Barrack Hussein Obama, the First African American President of the United States of America never says he will not do something and then does it anyway. Nor does he ever tell a lie.


5 posted on 06/17/2014 1:11:32 AM PDT by highpockets
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To: WhiskeyX
The Baghdad embassy has an area of 440,000 square meters, and a perimeter of almost 3000 meters. That's one soldier every 11 meters, assuming they need neither eat nor sleep.

And when they are pulled back to defend the helicopter landing pad, and the enemy pull out a few Stinger missiles ...

This makes no military sense whatever.

6 posted on 06/17/2014 1:13:53 AM PDT by John Locke
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To: rawcatslyentist
That's MSGT Samuel L Dickens RIP, big purple butt up there.
7 posted on 06/17/2014 1:21:39 AM PDT by Domangart (Tho I walk Through the valley of Wal-Mart, I fear no man.)
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To: WhiskeyX

Hope these guys stay safe.


8 posted on 06/17/2014 1:32:07 AM PDT by DemforBush (A repo man is always intense.)
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To: WhiskeyX

I have always had enormous respect for members of our military. Even more so since they have had to serve under an incompetent, community organizer for CiC.


9 posted on 06/17/2014 1:46:58 AM PDT by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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This would be the time for the military to take a stand, and refuse to deploy.


10 posted on 06/17/2014 1:49:58 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: Dapper 26
We don’t need another Benghazi!

Yes, but could Obama be taking another stab at emptying Gitmo?

275 hostages could go a long way...

11 posted on 06/17/2014 2:40:36 AM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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I think the opposite - the military needs to take a stand by deploying whatever it takes to get our people out. We can’t abandon those who are already there - but need to find a way to protect them until all can safely be evacuated.


12 posted on 06/17/2014 2:44:02 AM PDT by LibertyOh
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To: WhiskeyX

Sure, that he tells them about.


13 posted on 06/17/2014 3:09:11 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Dapper 26

The Master of Disaster wants more Ameeican blood shed than at Benghazi. He, IMHO, is addicted to it..


14 posted on 06/17/2014 3:21:13 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty

“American”


15 posted on 06/17/2014 3:21:39 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: LibertyOh

Ok, good point. I was assuming that the private military contractors there, with only air assistance, could get our people out. You too suggest insubordination, that is, defying this president at this time, in order to do what is right. We should either go in with full force or not at all.

With the VA scandal and the Berghdal release, the President is clearly at war with the military, now would be a good time to take a stand, but yes, our people at the embassy should be kept from harm’s way, and for me, 250 soldiers doesn’t accomplish this.


16 posted on 06/17/2014 4:03:14 AM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: WhiskeyX

I’m guessing that, this time, there will be at least 275 people “left behind” as bammy passes out candies celebrating their deaths.


17 posted on 06/17/2014 4:23:46 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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Not to worry America, Barry Obamination intends to leave those 275 service personnel behind along with embassy staff — just like he did at Benghazi. it's the least he can do for his Muslim terrorist buddies. [Quick, Media pukes, how do you blame this on Bush?]
18 posted on 06/17/2014 4:29:03 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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This ought to be interesting.

275 troops against thousands of prehistoric savages armed with U.S. military weapons we left behind.

Before anything actually happens, I give my condolences to the parents, children and spouses of those who may perish in this political “sugar pill” Obama is giving the liberal media.

I hang my head down in total shame and embarrassment.


19 posted on 06/17/2014 4:49:46 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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55 Days in Peking, Full Feature
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TnbIS_BhWI


20 posted on 06/17/2014 4:55:28 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: DH

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/06/let_them_kill_each_other.html


21 posted on 06/17/2014 4:55:49 AM PDT by Kackikat
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