Obama Sends 275 Troops To Iraq As Explosions Rock Baghdad Airport

Tyler Durden's picture


If you like your boots on the ground, you can keep them - as long as they are Special Forces boots. Following promises that there would be no American "combat" 'boots on the ground', AP reports that President Obama is considering sending a small number of special forces to help the government in Baghdad. According to the official rules of "boots-on-the-ground"-edness, CIA and Special Forces do not count so 'officially' no promises have been broken. It's not clear how quickly the special forces could arrive in Iraq; or whether they would remain in Baghdad or be sent to the nation's north. With rumors of explosions rocking Baghdad airport, we suspect the former.


As AP reports,

The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the government in Baghdad slow the nation's rampant Sunni insurgency, U.S. officials said Monday.


While President Barack Obama has explicitly ruled out putting U.S. troops into direct combat in Iraq, the plan under consideration suggests he would be willing to send Americans into a collapsing security situation for training and other purposes.




It's not clear how quickly the special forces could arrive in Iraq. It's also unknown whether they would remain in Baghdad or be sent to the nation's north.

But The White House is being very careful to exaplin that this is not "real" boots on the ground...

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said no combat troops would be sent to Iraq, but that the U.S. is looking at other options.


"The president was very clear that we will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq," Hayden said in a statement. "That remains the case and he has asked his national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces."

Just special ones...

The mission almost certainly would be small: one U.S. official said it could be up to 100 special forces soldiers. It also could be authorized only as an advising and training mission — meaning the soldiers would work closely with Iraqi forces that are fighting the insurgency but not officially be considered as combat troops.


The troops would fall under the authority of the U.S. ambassador and would not be authorized to engage in combat, another U.S. official said. Their mission is "non-operational training" of both regular and counter terrorism units, which the military has interpreted to mean training on military bases, not in the field, the official said.




Already, about 100 Marines and Army soldiers have been sent to Baghdad to help with embassy security, according to a U.S. official.

Obama made the end of the war in Iraq one of his signature campaign issues, and has touted the U.S. military withdrawal in December 2011 as one of his top foreign policy successes.

Mission Accomplished...

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the not so mighty maximiza's picture

if we gave them stingers in Syria, they are going to blow our shit out of the sky

Pladizow's picture

LETS fill those boots with congressmen and senators!

NotApplicable's picture

And Czars! Don't forget the Czars!

max2205's picture

What's the formula for how many to send to secure a billion dollar embassy?

Occident Mortal's picture

Unable to drag Putin into a proxy war the CIA finally decides to go to war with itself.

Thus completing the ultimate .gov GDP igniting circle jerk.

Manthong's picture

Gosh.. it has to pain them all up to the secret minaret at the black house to think they will have to throw billions of their funny money at defense in order not to have the whole cuntry rise up against them.

Manthong's picture

“LETS fill those boots with congressmen and senators!”

.. and State Department including all of their children.

gh0atrider's picture

gh0atrider has hooves on the ground...

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

A hundred advisors don't amount to jack-shit... but it may ignite some misguided feelings of vengeance with the brain-dead proletariat when their dead bodies are being drug through the streets of Baghdad on the evening news. Iraqi War 3.0 here we come.

Lore's picture

Willie Nelson - On the Road Again

Anything is better than the shit those ISIS killers are playing in their snuff clips. 

"Aegis" contractors played Elvis



Manthong's picture

was that a time jump into D.C.  2020?

BraveSirRobin's picture

This is a disaster. I see no positive outcome. This looks like a huge sectarian war brewing in the Middle East. Like it or not, odds are we get sucked back in. I hope a small number of special forces and some well placed bribes will do the trick. we'll see.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

 nation building has come to this, why did barry bow to the saudi king? who got the weapons- barry sent out of libya? how does the IRS loose emails that are backed up off site? do you trust your MSM, and there were no gunmen on that grass hill in dallas, it all depends on what IS IS.....ISIS ISIS

g speed's picture

If AP is carrying the story boots have already been on the ground for a week or more---just giving a heads up here--

JLee2027's picture

If there was no oil in the Middle East they would all collapse back to feudalism very quickly. You cannot nation build Muslim countries, that's become all too clear to me now. It was a noble, but hopelessly flawed effort from the start.


BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

I think the US is in some deperate need of nation building. 

Thought Processor's picture



We could use a Kubric like filmaker to come up with a new Dr. Stranglove type Satire which paradies this entire cluster fuck.


There are certainly more than enough real life WTF's here to use as 'inspiration'.



McMolotov's picture

Dr. Shortbus, or:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Full-Retard

wisefool's picture

I have heard that compulsory voting will save democracy. That implies compuslory I.Q. tests for politicians.

cynicalskeptic's picture

I thought we HAD a compulsory IQ test for politicians - nobody with an IQ over 80 allowed (and the lower the better).

TPTB don't like it when their hired minions actually start THINKING about what they're doing..... it gets messy when you have to plane crash a Senator or Congressman.

wisefool's picture

Airfoils and magnets work better if you win in a land slide. or water slide. The last days of pompei rivals some of WB7's works.

Thought Processor's picture



I like it.  And if I may add another variation to it:


Dr. Fulretard:
How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Short Bus.


Thought Processor's picture




There's a glitch in the Matrix, all my posts get duplicated.


max2205's picture

Ya think the iraqi army would stay and fight if their pay went to $15 per hour?...

didn't think so

knukles's picture

'Course not... They'd all be scrambling for the opportunities at Abdul's BBQ Baby Back Rib Cart franchises

Freddie's picture

This is such BS.  Other sites have said that the Syrians are blasting the shit out of ISIS plus Iran is in on the action and Iraqi's starting to fight back.

My guess is the spy agencies and State Dept will put Blackwater/Xe/Booz Allen/Whatever they are call this week/Rent A Scumbag Merc to bailout ISIS.

The USA, Saudis and ZATO have a lot invested in ISIS.   Send two-gun Johnny McCain.



disabledvet's picture

"Masters of Chaos." (see below.)

This intervention is being conducted by Special Operations. That's who ISIS in fact is.

Far from not needing boots on the ground...that is EXACTLY what this situation calls for.

2000 "diplomats." that's an impressive "legation."

Since the Airport has been attacked must assume that is not secure at the moment. This is on the Tigris River though...it might have some type of "port facility."

Maybe some "cool underground Shite" too.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

+1 Freddie for the link to syrianperspective.com. It's the best place for info on what is happening in Syria, and I always get a laugh from Ziad's colorful descriptions of the exterminated wahhabi rodents:

Bandar ‘Abdul-Rahmaan (YEMENI DUNG BEETLE)
“Abu-Haneefa Al-Tunisi” (TUNISIAN TOILET BRUSH)

I don't care who you are - that's funny.

Anybody's picture

Re: Freddie - "This is such BS."


I think you may be on to something. It is entirely possible that they will bail out ISIS so they can continue their murderous campaign in Syria.

SDShack's picture

At least Blackhawk Down caused the resignation of Les Aspin as Sec of Def. When 0zer0 and his minions constantly fuck up, no one is held accountable. Hell, no one even ends up on a hot seat.

SDShack's picture

100 "advisors" means 100 "hostages". That means at least 500 Al Queada fighters will be freed as ransom. Probably more, since 5:1 was for a PFC Deserter. A Special Ops is probably worth 10x that. Unless they know too much. Then all they are worth is a faulty helicopter ride.

dart67eb's picture

Obama won't trade for them unless they first desert and convert.  Why would he want real soldiers around? 

Stuck on Zero's picture

"A hundred advisors don't amount to jack-shit"

Maybe not.  100 guys carrying gold bricks and antiquities could load up quite a few choppers in a hurry.


MeMongo's picture

Goatfucker has a hoof in his ass if he thinks his crypto currency is any safer than any other electronic widget:-)

CheapBastard's picture

Does this mean summer student exchange classes at Baghadad U are cancelled?

Dr. Destructo's picture

I knew the Goat Simulator was just another DOD training tool, yet nobody believed me.


sunaJ's picture

"The president was very clear that we will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq," Hayden said in a statement.


"Not subject to third-party contractors, 'super-secret' exemptions, capricious changing of minds or false flags," Hayden failed to mention.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Whenever Obama "is very clear" that something isn't happening or going to happen rest-assured it is/will.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Hey, c'mon, they're only going to be sent in for "training and other purposes".

What could go wrong?

Freddie's picture

Yeah but ISIS is our (State Dept) good Al Queada and the Nazis in western Ukriane are our (Nudelman's) good nazis.

RafterManFMJ's picture

It's important we supply stinger-brand manpads to Iraq so they can shoot down our previously supplied Blackhawk helicopters captured and operated by ISIS non-state department AlQueada operatives who would be state department approved and armed if they were fighting a few hundred miles west in Syria well before we ship the fancy F16 fighters.

Make sense? Fuckit - as long as the checks keep clearing.

Bunga Bunga's picture

Go to war with itself - a Keynesian wet dream. Even Krugman is impressed.

machineh's picture

Enough to fly evacuation helicopters off the roof.

Ms. Erable's picture

The formula is to send enough troops so that when they die en masse the 'Mercan sheeple will clamor for some 'action' and 'justice'. Sad thing is that it works every fucking time.

SWRichmond's picture

Even that would not work this time.