Skip to comments.WSJ: Obama Reportedly Mulling an “International Rescue Mission” in Iraq
Posted on 08/13/2014 5:40:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
According to the Wall Street Journal, the situation on the ground in northern Iraq is so perilous that President Obama is seriously considering sending a rescue mission to save the displaced Yazidi refugees trapped on Mount Sinjar. The details of such an operation are still in their earliest stages of development (and, of course, theres no telling whether or not the president would even sign off on such a daring operation) but such a rescue attempt, if approved, would send shockwaves through the nation for one obvious reason: it would almost certainly involve redeploying U.S. ground troops to Iraq:
The U.S. military is exploring plans for an international rescue mission to save thousands of desperate Yazidi refugees trapped by Sunni militants in a barren northern Iraqi mountain range, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
While the proposal is still under development, U.S. officials said the military is considering staging a dangerous rescue operation that could for the first time put American troops in direct confrontation with a militant group calling itself the Islamic State.
Any plan would have to be approved by President Barack Obama. U.S. officials said the rescue mission is one of many options the U.S. military is weighing after dropping food and water to dying refugees for the past six days.
"People are looking at ways to do something more than just drop water and supplies," said one senior U.S. official. "You can only do that for so long."
On Tuesday, the Pentagon said it is sending additional 100 military advisers to northern Iraq to develop options the Pentagon can present to Mr. Obama.
Its true that humanitarian aid can only go so far. But such a proposal is also fraught with inherent dangers and difficulties. What, for example, is the U.S. supposed to do with upwards of 35,000 refugees stranded on the mountain? Many are too old (or sick) to walk to find food and water. Are U.S. forces supposed to carry them to safety? And where will they go? These are only some of the logistics our newly deployed military advisers will have to figure out, and soon, if such a proposal is going to succeed.
At the same time, the president finds himself in an impossible predicament: if he doesnt sign off on a rescue mission, and ISIS slaughters more Yazidis and Christians, he will be accused of letting innocents die on his watch. If, on the other hand, he authorizes the operation and it goes south (or, God forbid, an American soldier is killed) he will be accused (especially by his base) of recklessly re-prosecuting a war he supposedly already won. There are no good options here. But perhaps the worst option would be to sit back and allow an entire sect of people to be systemically exterminated by a rabid band of Islamic extremists.
Either way, the president has an important decision to make. Tick tock.
UPDATE: The U.S. is sending 130 (not 100) military advisers to Iraq.
130? That’s not even a company-sized unit!
Anyone thought about dropping weapons?
And these are just advisers who are probably not allowed to shoot
That would be some serious boots on the ground.
International Rescue Mission - translation - I don’t have the balls to do it myself. I have got to have someone else to blame when things get FUBAR.
There is one, exactly one, case where obama isnt backing the most muslim side.
It’s protecting the Yazidis.
Who are the Yazidis?
The Yazidis are an ancient religion, one whose people revere Melek Taus, who is also known as the Peacock Angel, or Shaytan, or in English: Satan.
IOW, obama consistently supports any muslim over any Christian, the most radical muslims over more moderate muslims, and Satan worshipers over the most radical of muslims.
Thunderbirds are Go!
Like he did 129 times in Illinois, 0bama votes ‘Present’ .....
Very well said
Have the EPA designate the Yazidi refugees as an endangered species.
They’ll be eating steak in a 5 star restaurant within a week.
You know whatever he does will be a day late and a dollar short.
Beat me to it. Good graphic.
The true result: getting rid of remaining Christians and helping to establish Caliphate for terrorist savages.
Thank you Nobama for vacating Iraq, making room for savages aaaaand going golfing!
Obama has been “mulling” since January 2009...
He is the most “mulling” President in history.
When he’s at Martha’s Vinyard, he’s mulling.
While teeing off, he mulls.
At his press conferences and fund raisers, he mulls.
Can we “mull” him out of office ASAP?
The Rats will just want a mulligan, and we'll have to do it all over again with whatever socialist idiot they come up with next.
I posted a comment in another thread a couple of days ago that whilst humanitarian aid is needed, countries like France, Australia & Britain should address the cause (ISIS) in Iraq. I now think if other Muslim countries & some of their clerics view ISIS as unIslamic, then they should actively join force with the west to get rid of ISIS to begin with in Iraq. I’m thinking countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt & lets say a few of the Sheikhdoms like Qatar. After all, the west alone can’t continue to deal with these (Islamic) savages all the time. Lets see real unity.
If it was a “Christian” army murdering Muslims we’d have been involved long ago.
We need a viable candidate, a Conservative with spunk. Any suggestions because if Hilliary wins, it’s all over...
Probably few of the victims would be able to use them without some training, and they’d end up in the hands of the aggressors.