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Damn. Brussels on highest terror alert level, imminent threat

They are advising the public to avoid large crowds.

Stay safe. I hope that this specific warning means that thy have good intel and are closing in on some more would be killers.

Hillary proposes "embedding" US troops in Iraq and increasing US troops in Syria.

Escalation and expansion of US involvement. She wants to creep the mission before she's won a single primary.

Let me get out in front of this idiocy. No troops in Iraq or Syria.

To me, the most disturbing aspect of the Paris attack was the US massacre method

Aside from the suicide bombing, the method of attack was all too familiar to us in the states. Only here, it is usually a lone gunman with interpersonal failings.

Not to be too callous morbid, but the body count per attacker in Paris (if it were indeed 8) is less than the body count for the single shooters in Newtown, Aurora and Virginia Tech.

Here, we live through the almost routine mass shootings. The pattern is the same. Heavily armed and ammoed, including automatic rifles arriving unannounced to a heavily populated and enclosed area.

In Paris, there were at least 8 of them in coordination. I shudder to think what could be done here with the widely accessible arsenal.

ISIS is because senators, including Hillary supported the invasion

of Iraq and the slaughter of a million Iraqis. Iraq, who had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks,had not attacked us and were not about to attack us.

The Iraq war, championed and pushed by Hillary gave rise to ISIS, and it was predictable and foreseeable.

We are still suffering the aftermath of the vote. It is why her then poor judgment (or worse) still matters.

I do not trust anyone to respond appropriately today who was so very very wrong then.

After vowing to end two wars, Obama may (will) leave three behind

President Obama’s decision to expand the U.S. war effort in Iraq and Syria is a reflection of the conflicting pressures on a commander in chief who doubts that military force alone can end the conflicts in those countries, but who also feels compelled to act in the face of a humanitarian catastrophe and a growing threat to the United States.

The president on Friday said that he was sending about 50 Special Operations troops to northern Syria to work with Kurdish and Arab fighters battling the Islamic State. The deployment, though small, marks the first full-time deployment of U.S. forces to the dangerous and chaotic country.

The troops will be accompanied by more U.S. attack planes, based across the border in Turkey, and plans for more joint raids — led by Iraqi counterterrorism forces — to capture and kill Islamic State leaders.

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Without a clear overarching strategy to resolve the conflict, “we’re looking at things in a granular way,” the official said. The goal, for now, is simply to incrementally reinforce those areas that are working and abandon initiatives that are not.

Obama began his second term having brought one war in Iraq to an end and pledging to bring home America’s ground troops from a second in Afghanistan. To that end he set hard limits on U.S. deployments and firm time frames for the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Before deploying forces, Obama would regularly demand that his commanders explain the “theory of the case” behind the moves. The phrase is evocative of the president’s legal training and his deep skepticism that U.S. military power can bring lasting change to broken societies. He wanted assurances that the operations would work as intended as well as coherent explanations of how and when they would end.

As he nears the end of his presidency, Obama faces the prospect that he will leave office with ground forces deployed to three combat zones.


8 times Obama said there would be no ground troops or no combat mission in Syria

The White House is announcing Friday that a small number of special forces will be put on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria -- a new strategy that pretty clearly contradicts past Obama and administration statements that U.S. forces would not be put on the ground there. As the United States got drawn into the fight against the Islamic State earlier this year, the White House repeatedly emphasized this point -- a move to assure the nation that we wouldn't be drawn into a new war like Iraq or Afghanistan.

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."

“You’ve read one quote that, to be fair, is out of context," he said when NBC's Kristen Welker pointed to Obama saying in 2013 there would be no U.S. boots on the ground.

But Obama has actually said no boots on the ground repeatedly in 2013, before adjusting his language slightly -- but notably -- in 2014.

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 press conference at the White House with Baltic leaders on

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

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."

-United Nations Ambassador 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


To all those who mocked us for seeing Obama's re-entry in Iraq to leading to troops in Syria.

Go fuck yourself. We were right.

Obama sending troops, boots on the ground, to Syria

U.S. to Deploy Special Operations Forces in Syria: Official

The White House will announce Friday that a small number of U.S. special operations forces will be sent into Syria, according to a senior U.S. official.

The senior U.S. official said that the forces will be stationed in northern Syria and work alongside groups with a proven track record of fighting ISIS. The move will be described as a "shift" but not a "change" in U.S. strategy against ISIS, the official added.

The special operations forces could work with Kurdish and allied actors who have come together under the umbrella of the "Syrian Democratic Forces," according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement was not yet public.


Another unfortunate 'told you so': U.S. to Begin 'Direct Action on the Ground' in Iraq, Syria

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will openly begin "direct action on the ground" against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.

In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services committee, Carter said "we won't hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL...or conducting such mission directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground."

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This may mean some American soldiers "will be in harm's way, no question about it," Carter said last week.

After months of denying that U.S. troops would be in any combat role in Iraq, Carter late last week in a response to a question posed by NBC News, also acknowledged that the situation U.S. soldiers found themselves in during the raid in Hawija was combat.

"This is combat and things are complicated," Carter said.


Russian Missiles Aimed at Syria Crashed in Iran, U.S. Officials Say

Cruise missiles fired by Russia from warships in the Caspian Sea at targets in Syria crashed in a rural area of Iran, senior United States officials said on Thursday.

It was unclear exactly where in Iran the missiles had landed, or whether there were any casualties. The officials said the flight path of the Russian cruise missiles would have taken them across northern sections of Iran and Iraq on the way to Syria. But not all of them made it there, one official said.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss military intelligence.

News of the crashes, which were reported by CNN, came as Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter sharply criticized what he called Russia’s “unprofessional” conduct in its incursion into Syria. Speaking at a NATO news conference in Brussels, Mr. Carter said that Moscow had fired the barrage of cruise missiles with no advance notice.

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