It’s coming folks! This time it isn’t WMD but DAD (Dumb Ass Decisions). Having failed for close to 15 years to bring a stable government to Iraq we’re going to try again.
This DAD announcement was released on Friday by the Pentagon probably in hopes it would be buried over the weekend. Why now? How about the death of Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin last week who was killed when his Marine unit of 200 men was hit by ISIS rocket fire at a forward fire base recently abandoned by an Iraqi Army unit.
The American public had been told that our forces were back in Iraq in safe, “non combat” support, training and advising the Iraqi army. But Staff Sgt. Cardin apparently was in an artillery unit actively engaged in action outside the village of Makhmour in Northern Iraq. Makhmour is a staging area for the long advertised assault on ISIS occupation of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. The death of Louis Cardin by ISIS fire seems to have been the perfect excuse for the Pentagon to let the cat out of the bag and start the “mission leap” after the lies of the “creep” phase of their aim to reengage.
It has been a little over a year since we reengaged in the “creep” phase with 300 ‘trainers and advisors’ which was shortly followed by swelling the number to 3000. But, hey, they were clearly not going to get involved in ground combat operations according to our Nobel Peace Prize winning President.
Then Staff Sgt. Cardin got himself killed by ISIS in a clearly combat role and the cat is out of the bag. We made the leap into combat and now we need revenge. So why were the Marines sent to this forward fire base to engage in a combat mission that lay outside what the American public was told was their mission? Well it seems that the American-trained Iraqi army unit, officers and all, decided to abandon the fire base and hide in the nearby mountains.
So the big question: is the Iraqi army really up to the task of retaking Mosul even with American ‘boots on the ground” support? But a bigger question is, after 15 years, what is the end game? Perpetual war?