Fifty (50) US Special Operators are deploying to Syria in the fight against ISIS but not engaging in “combat”. And their boots will not be “on the ground”. Some trick! How do we defeat an opposing army if not by engaging in combat? Are we asking then to stop nicely? And how do our troops walk if their boots don’t touch the ground? What the hell is wrong with our President? Nothing we do not know already . . . it’s all politics with Obama – you see he made us all a “promise” – over and over and over again. And the President never lies, does he?
Fifty (50) Special Operators! We have 15,000 Rangers, SEALs, Army SOF, MARSOC, Air Force Spec Ops, not including DEVGRU & DELTA – nice muscular commitment to victory over the head loppers!
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Asked Friday about the incongruence of Obama’s past comments and putting these boots on the ground, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly emphasized that these are not combat troops — a distinction that many disagree with, we would note — and suggested promises to not put boots on the ground were being taken “out of context.”
Here’s a recap of how he — and one of his top foreign policy aides — have talked about it, in 10 quotes.
Aug. 20, 2013
“Again, I repeat: We’re not considering any open-ended commitment. We’re not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach.”
— Obama at a news conference at the White House with Baltic leaders
Aug. 30, 2013
“And in no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground; that would involve a long-term campaign.”
— Obama in remarks with the presidents of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia at the White House
Even lefty Democratic Colbert laughs at Obama . . .
Aug. 31, 2013
“Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground.”
— Obama in a statement on Syria at the White House
Sept. 7, 2013
“What we’re talking about is not an open-ended intervention. This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan. There would be no American boots on the ground.”
— Obama in his weekly address
Sept. 9, 2013
“This will not be Iraq or Afghanistan. There will be no American boots on the ground — period.”
— National Security Advisor Susan Rice
Sept. 10, 2013
“I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria.”
— Obama in a televised national address from the White House
More recently, in 2014, Obama talked less about “no boots on the ground” and more about those hypothetical troops not having a “combat” mission or be actually fighting — a distinction the White House keyed on Friday.
Sept. 5, 2014
“With respect to the situation on the ground in Syria, we will not be placing U.S. ground troops to try to control the areas that are part of the conflict inside of Syria.”
— Obama in remarks at a NATO conference
Sept. 10, 2014
“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.”
— Obama in his plan to destroy the Islamic State
Sept. 19, 2014
“The president has ruled out the option of deploying American boots on the ground in Iraq and in Syria in a combat role.”
— Earnest in a press briefing
Sept. 20, 2014
“I won’t commit our troops to fighting another ground war in Iraq, or in Syria.”
— Obama in his weekly address
Thanks for being absolutely clear about this issue Mr. President. You are right – Americans and our troops in combat are taking your words “out of context” We apologize . . .