Change: Obama sending Special Ops troops back to Iraq — without legal immunity

posted at 5:21 pm on June 23, 2014 by Allahpundit

Legal immunity for American troops was supposedly the sticking point that led to U.S. withdrawal in 2011, of course, which means we’re now headed back in under conditions that would have kept a U.S. residual force in place all along. Obama told Maliki in 2011 that he couldn’t leave soldiers there without a guarantee that they wouldn’t be prosecuted in Iraqi courts. No way, said Maliki. The occupation’s too unpopular; parliament will never go for immunity. Oh well, said O, who was eager to bring everyone back anyway so that he’d have a little extra something to run on in 2012. And now here we are, headed back in — on Malki’s 2011 terms, without immunity.

Maybe it’s destiny for America’s Iraq adventure to end with U.S. troops tried in a kangaroo court by Shiite fanatics, after we went back in to help them.

Yet this time around, Obama is willing to accept an agreement from Iraq’s foreign ministry on U.S. forces in Iraq without a vote of Iraq’s parliament. “We believe we need a separate set of assurances from the Iraqis,” one senior U.S. defense official told The Daily Beast. This official said this would likely be an agreement or exchange of diplomatic notes from the Iraq’s foreign ministry. “We basically need a piece of paper from them,” another U.S. official involved in the negotiations told The Daily Beast. The official didn’t explain why the parliamentary vote, so crucial three years ago, was no longer needed.

Of course, part of the problem in 2014 is that the United States doesn’t have the time to wait for Iraq’s parliament. To start, the Iraqi parliament is in the process of forming a new government. The parliament would have to choose a new prime minister, parliamentary speaker and president before reopening the politically sensitive issue of approving legal protections for the military that occupied the country between 2003 and 2011…

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said, “We are pursuing something in writing. The secretary is absolutely committed to making sure that our troops have the legal protections. He would not do that on a nod and a wink.”

In other words, it’s not so much that Special Ops won’t have immunity as that both sides are now ignoring Iraq’s joke of a parliament and handling things through executive agreement. So much for Iraqi democracy. The White House’s thinking, I guess, is that there’s no need to worry about American troops being tried in Iraqi courts anymore since there’s really no Iraq anymore. The Shiites will have their hands full with Sunni maniacs for years to come; if they put a single U.S. soldier on trial, they’re forfeiting America’s help forever in that war and they know it. Not even a strong interventionist like Rubio in the White House would dare put more servicemen in harm’s way if one of them ends up having to endure a show trial now. Iraq could afford to play hardball on immunity in 2011 when its biggest problem was public upset at the thought of an ongoing occupation. Now their biggest problem is ethnic cleansing. Immunity’s not so important these days.

Also, how likely is it that any of the 300 Special Ops soldiers headed over will end up in a situation where the Shiite government might want to try them? There are three reasons why they’re there. One is to gather intelligence on ISIS positions in case O decides he wants to start bombing. Two is to signal nominal U.S. support for the Iraqi state we helped build and to remind Iran that we’re still capable of projecting force just in case they get too ambitious about pushing the Sunnis back. And three, it seems, is to “advise” the Iraqi military, although after reading the stories in the NYT and WaPo this morning, it seems like there’s not much of a military left to advise.

After tens of thousands of desertions, the Iraqi military is reeling from what one U.S. official described as “psychological collapse” in the face of the offensive from militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)…

“Over time, what’s occurred is that the Iraqi army has no ability to defend itself,” said Rick Brennan, a Rand Corp. analyst and former adviser to U.S. forces in Iraq. “If we’re unable to find ways to make a meaningful difference to the Iraqi army as they fight this, I think what we’re looking at is the beginning of the disintegration of the state of Iraq.”…

“The basic problem with the Iraqi military is that it’s a sectarian force,” said James Jeffrey, a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq. “That’s combined with the fact that you have sycophantic generals, you have low morale and a Shiite volunteer force. They didn’t do very much training. They don’t have the equipment or skills of the [ISIS] guys.”

Experts told the NYT that the Iraqi army is a “defeated force,” with one estimate claiming that fully a quarter of all battalions have deserted and more than a third of the army’s divisions are “combat ineffective.” Other experts tell Fox News that Iraq has a “limited number” of helicopters and just two planes that can fire Hellfire missiles from the air. That’s why Sistani, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, sent down the word for Shiites to start volunteering to defend Baghdad. It’s not purely a matter of sectarian zeal; it’s a matter of the army no longer being equal to the task. And according to another story in today’s NYT, all of this caught the White House very much by surprise: “By the time Mosul, Tikrit and Tal Afar fell this month, it was too late. Like Mr. Bush before him, Mr. Obama misjudged the American-trained Iraqi forces, which melted away in the face of the ISIS advance. The White House was stunned…” (Says Tom Maguire, “They make nice bookends – Bush entered Iraq on the basis of faulty intelligence and Obama exited on the basis of faulty intelligence.”) Eight years of American blood, treasure, and military training went up in smoke in less than three years of Iraq on its own. Is that an argument for why Obama should have pushed harder to keep some U.S. troops in place in 2011? Or an argument for why he should have pulled out even sooner?


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Spock fail.

Nethicus on June 23, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Is that an argument for why Obama should have pushed harder to keep some U.S. troops in place in 2011? Or an argument for why he should have pulled out even sooner?

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It is ALL an argument for him being a SCOAMF and one currently guaranteed to lead this country to its destruction.

PolAgnostic on June 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Don’t worry about our troops being imprisoned by Iraq… we can trade all of Gitmo to get them back.

blammm on June 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

U.S. Troops should refuse and face a Court-Martial.

THAT is what I will tell my USAF son to do if “drafted” for this shit job.

ladyingray on June 23, 2014 at 5:27 PM

What a complete amateur!!!

NapaConservative on June 23, 2014 at 5:28 PM

It takes generations to turn a society around.

The fact that we left so soon is going to be a shame around our neck for a long while to come. Just like what we did to those in Cambodia and South Vietnam.

Pathetic.

Baggi on June 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

US troops should not be put in the situation of being held legally liable under the animals running Iraq should their leaders order them to do something that ultimately leads to a “crime” under Islam. Drone attacks, eating pork, Tuesday- our troops are being put in harm’s way because the lazy stupid rat-eared tyrant’s poll numbers are bad.

Completely unacceptable.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

So, he’s sending them in there to be targets for kidnapping? Guess he needs more help clearing out Gitmo.

Seriously, when will someone step up and arrest Talibama for treason? If someone was INTENTIONALLY TRYING to destroy America, they’d be doing exactly what he’s doing RIGHT NOW.

WAKE THE F UP, AMERICA!

Meople on June 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Stop him.

He is acting without the authority of Congress

Obama already killed 20 of our Seals… Are we now going to allow him to kill 300 more? With impunity?

Key West Reader on June 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Don’t worry about our troops being imprisoned by Iraq… we can trade all of Gitmo to get them back.

blammm on June 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Just so long it isn’t Mexico.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

“…without legal immunity”

…NOT to worry – OBOZO’s VA Deathcare System will take care of them.

MicahStone on June 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Get all of our people OUT.

John the Libertarian on June 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I don’t think you could get more ironic than this.

Get all of our people OUT.

John the Libertarian on June 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Amen.

Aizen on June 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The fact that we left so soon is going to be a shame around our neck for a long while to come. Just like what we did to those in Cambodia and South Vietnam.

Pathetic.

Baggi on June 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Obama is looking for relics and artifacts for his library. Gerald Ford’s museum got that stairs to the helipad at the US Embassy in Saigon. The lazy stupid rat-eared bastard wants stuff from the evacuation of the US Embassy in Baghdad along with trinkets from the US Embassy turned war memorial in Tehran (once Kerry seals the deal that Iran is our friend).

Never trust somebody with a Muslim name to do the right thing for Americans.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

The Hill is reporting that they will have immunity

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/210264-iraq-gives-us-military-advisers-immunity

LewWaters on June 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

The troops have immunity in Iraq. So what do we talk about now>

I say let’s talk about football. America wins over Germany at the World cup.

coolrepublica on June 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Shades of the fall of South Vietnam, “Deja vu all over again.”

When the South collapsed in 1975, it was about 2 years after the last Americans left.

When Iraq fell apart, it was about two or three years after the last Americans left.

When the NVA began its final offensive, the South Vietnamese army melted away.

When the terrorists began their final offensive, the Iraqi army disappeared.

Liberals always wanted Iraq to be “George Bush’s Vietnam.” Well, as they were so fond of saying, it’s “Mission Accomplished” — only it’s going to be remembered as King Barry’s Vietnam, and properly so.

Spurius Ligustinus on June 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Don’t you mean Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Iraq has ceased to exist.

Oil Can on June 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

the hill story didn’t mention the iraqi gov voting on it though, I would keep close eye on this.

dmacleo on June 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

The Obama Administration is the political equivalent of the Keystone cops.

portlandon on June 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Hey, have the Redskins changed their name yet!? Cause that’s what’s important to this D-bag…………

VegasRick on June 23, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Why should al-Maliki pay any attention to those tiresome mechanics of the useless Parliament when Obama can’t be bothered with the tiresome mechanics of a useless Congress? Democracy isn’t just failing in the Middle East.

Zoomie on June 23, 2014 at 5:51 PM

The Prez is just increasing the odds that he’ll be able to trade out more prisoners and keep that Gitmo promise.

Gettin’ ‘er done!

ROCnPhilly on June 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

http://m.ibtimes.co.uk/isis-insurgents-tweet-picture-beheaded-man-this-our-ball-its-made-skin-worldcup-1452643

Is that the football you wanted to discuss Coolrepublica?

can_con on June 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

He sure did run an amazing presidential campaign though.
LSM

tommer74 on June 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Obama is just now starting to figure out that the Syria mess is spreading, and most likely will bleed into Afghanistan (The Afghan war is the only one the dems think is needed).

Obama’s Egypt speech sure did stir up these Muslims. It was as though it was a rally cry for the Middle east to go into meltdown.

portlandon on June 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Is that the football you wanted to discuss Coolrepublica?

can_con on June 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Not really. I was talking about the real thing.

coolrepublica on June 23, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Is that the football you wanted to discuss Coolrepublica?

can_con on June 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

The obamatw@t is only here to disrupt. Ignore it and it goes away.

katy the mean old lady on June 23, 2014 at 5:54 PM

“The greatest threat to the world is Climate Change.”

-President Obama

portlandon on June 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

The Shiites have already said for us to stay out and that they will attack U.S. forces if they enter Baghdad. Why put these brave men is such a situation?

major dad on June 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

The obamatw@t is only here to disrupt. Ignore it and it goes away.

katy the mean old lady on June 23, 2014 at 5:54 PM

What did I do now?@@

coolrepublica on June 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Obama is just now starting to figure out that the Syria mess is spreading, and most likely will bleed into Afghanistan (The Afghan war is the only one the dems think is needed).

Obama’s Egypt speech sure did stir up these Muslims. It was as though it was a rally cry for the Middle east to go into meltdown.

portlandon on June 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Good thing that Obama’s Secretaries of State don’t have Presidential ambitions. Oh wait…… they both do.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

They’ll get the same support as our Benghazi consulate staff got.

dentarthurdent on June 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Forget Zero Dark Thirty; ISIS Launches “The Clanging Of Swords” Propaganda Movie

The extremely violent hour-long film was published online just days before ISIS launched a massive offensive in northern Iraq. The film is called “The Clanging of the Swords IV” because it is part of a series much like other Hollywood blockbusters.

This footage came as a warning, three weeks before the start of the ISIS offensive on the cities of Mosul, Tikrit, and Kirkuk.

ISIS Stunner: Terrorist Organization’s Annual Reports Unveiled; Reveal Full “Investment Highlights”

But why is ISIS not only documenting its every single act, but boasting about all of its terrorist achievements? According to the FT the purpose of releasing 410 pages full to the brim with the terrorist group’s exploits, is simple: “Isis’s aim appears to be to demonstrate its record to potential donors.” Which means that the glossy excerpted pages shown above are indeed nothing more than investment highlights!

Terrorist produced real action movies and investment portfolios?

The world is becoming a VERY strange place.

sharrukin on June 23, 2014 at 5:58 PM

I guess survival training under the Choom Gang means having your own air reservations.

formwiz on June 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Why would anyone fight for this wimp?

Mason on June 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

So we are waiving immunity to a nation who is being funded by Iran?

Iraq who is begging the UN for help?

And there is nothing to worry about?

Wow.

Odie1941 on June 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Obama is just now starting to figure out that the Syria mess is spreading, and most likely will bleed into Afghanistan (The Afghan war is the only one the dems think is needed).

portlandon on June 23, 2014 at 5:52 PM

I heard it’s now spreading into street fights between Shitte and Sunni Muslims in Europe.

Also, ISIS is selling oil to fund their activities now. 50% off. They are also looking for anybody in Iraqistan that knows oil and refining They are fully funded.

Oil Can on June 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Good thing that Obama’s Secretaries of State don’t have Presidential ambitions. Oh wait…… they both do.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Worthless. The whole lot of them.

portlandon on June 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

History repeats again.The Iraqi army begged to surrender in Desert Storm.Now they are doing it again against a small force.A blind man could have seen it coming.South Viet
Nam did the same.Our government is dumber than rocks.

docflash on June 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Too little too late….

Brock Robamney on June 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

No immunity?

Just remember: These are special forces. They will not “put their hands up”.

They know, as we all should, that once they are “incarcerated”, they’ll never be seen again.

Unfriggin’ real.

I don’t think I’d go. This is the same WH and JCS who thought giving an award for not firing was a good idea.

We must have run out of drones or something.

BobMbx on June 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM

I heard it’s now spreading into street fights between Shitte and Sunni Muslims in Europe.

Also, ISIS is selling oil to fund their activities now. 50% off. They are also looking for anybody in Iraqistan that knows oil and refining They are fully funded.

Oil Can on June 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Taliban/Al Queda in control of an Oil rich state = Worst Nightmare.

Obama is either completely incompetent or it is by design.

portlandon on June 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

It’s as if he’s doing all he can to promote the capturing of Americans by our enemies.

What a peach…

anuts on June 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM

What a clusterfark.

scalleywag on June 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM

It’s as if he’s doing all he can to promote the capturing of Americans by our enemies.

What a peach…

anuts on June 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM

It’s a way for him to empty out Gitmo. Trading hostages for prisoners.

portlandon on June 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

I say let’s talk about football. America wins over Germany at the World cup.

coolrepublica on June 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Football? Oh, you mean soccer.

Huh.

Nope, hardly anyone really cares except kids who grew up playing No-One-Loses-PeeWee-Soccer.

Obama probably likes soccer, too. Along with any other kind of sport that doesn’t involve testosterone, I guess.

Dolce Far Niente on June 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Change: Obama sending Special Ops troops back to Iraq — without legal immunity

…if you like your plan…you can keep your plan!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM

…did they ask Al Gore about “no controlling legal authority”?

JugEarsButtHurt on June 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Obama probably likes soccer, too. Along with any other kind of sport that doesn’t involve testosterone, I guess.

Dolce Far Niente on June 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

You forget. Just a couple weeks ago the filthy rat-eared wonder was asked about football. He deferred without ever calling it soccer- which is what you’d expect from an American President.

But nobody has ever accused the worthless lazy stupid Muslim of being a proud American. He hates us and has made our demise his agenda.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Immunity Deal IS in place in Iraq for 300 special ops.

coolrepublica on June 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

NO.

Obama should be stripped of all authority at this point. He has proven himself to be nothing more than Al Sharpton in an Armani Suit.

Tell me you want our fine men and women under the command of the likes of Al Sharpton, Jeremiah Wright, Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama.

ENOUGH. ENOUGH.

Key West Reader on June 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

It’s a way for him to empty out Gitmo. Trading hostages for prisoners.

portlandon on June 23, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Sorta like swapping SEALS for Marxists?

I’ll pass.

Remove him from office. He doesn’t deserve it and he knows he is no longer capable of holding office. And his buttlickers in the MSM know it too.

REMOVE HIM.

Key West Reader on June 23, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Eight years of American blood, treasure, and military training went up in smoke in less than three years of Iraq on its own. Is that an argument for why Obama should have pushed harder to keep some U.S. troops in place in 2011? Or an argument for why he should have pulled out even sooner?

It’s an argument for why we need to simply nuke the site from orbit.

Midas on June 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Football? Oh, you mean soccer.

Huh.

Nope, hardly anyone really cares except kids who grew up playing No-One-Loses-PeeWee-Soccer.

Obama probably likes soccer, too. Along with any other kind of sport that doesn’t involve testosterone, I guess.

Dolce Far Niente on June 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

I mean football. The game that you actually play with your foot with a ball. American “Football” which is played by carrying a ball to the endzone is actually rugby.

coolrepublica on June 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

History repeats again.The Iraqi army begged to surrender in Desert Storm – to a CNN camera crew.Now they are doing it again against a small force.A blind man could have seen it coming.South Viet Nam did the same.Our government is dumber than rocks.

docflash on June 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

A bit of added content.

Midas on June 23, 2014 at 6:27 PM

I mean football. The game that you actually play with your foot with a ball. American “Football” which is played by carrying a ball to the endzone is actually rugby.

coolrepublica on June 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Yep…..

VegasRick on June 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Just remember: These are special forces. They will not “put their hands up”.

They know, as we all should, that once they are “incarcerated”, they’ll never be seen again.

Unfriggin’ real.

I don’t think I’d go. This is the same WH and JCS who thought giving an award for not firing was a good idea.

We must have run out of drones or something.

BobMbx on June 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM

As well, these 300 special ops are supposed to be spreading out, being assigned 10 -12 per battalion, which makes them in even worse situations.

the question is, when the first ones get into trouble, will Obama pull the trigger:

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20120114/NEWS/201140310/Soldiers-in-Kuwait-will-act-as-response-force

yes, 15000 troops sitting there waiting.

can_con on June 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

I have a solution. Make the 300 soldiers carry IRS hard drives. Each one of them will get immunity.

Oil Can on June 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

it’s not so much that Special Ops won’t have immunity as that both sides are now ignoring Iraq’s joke of a parliament and handling things through executive agreement. So much for Iraqi democracy.

Iraq’s parliament is cut out, the US’s congress is cut out.

There is no representative government, just lawlessness.

Reuben Hick on June 23, 2014 at 6:32 PM

I mean football. The game that you actually play with your foot with a ball. American “Football” which is played by carrying a ball to the endzone is actually rugby.

coolrepublica on June 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Fekkin really?

Really? This is what you want to talk about?

D.N.C.

Your preezy is no longer fit to command our American Military. Absolutely, totally, without a doubt unfit to command.

I come from a LONG, LONG line of Military. My men would never serve Obama on a mission such as this.

REMOVE HIM.

Key West Reader on June 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Which one is correct? The Hill, or here?

wolly4321 on June 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Eight years of American blood, treasure, and military training went up in smoke in less than three years of Iraq on its own. Is that an argument for why Obama should have pushed harder to keep some U.S. troops in place in 2011? Or an argument for why he should have pulled out even sooner?

Allah,

I’m guessing you are more related to pajama boy than a warrior.

You don’t invest eight years of blood and treasure only to have some lazy stupid coward abandon the effort because it did not fit his agenda of smart power through diplomacy. This is a long term commitment. The fact of the matter is that US troops were pulled at a critical time. OBAMA NEGATED THE LOSS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES by surrendering in Iraq when it came to dealing with the peace.

Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Iraq’s parliament is cut out, the US’s congress is cut out. There is no representative government, just lawlessness. Reuben Hick on June 23, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Belay my last question. This answered it.

wolly4321 on June 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM

The official didn’t explain why the parliamentary vote, so crucial three years ago, was no longer needed.

Because King Barack the Magnificent said so.

GarandFan on June 23, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Allah, I’m guessing you are more related to pajama boy than a warrior. You don’t invest eight years of blood and treasure only to have some lazy stupid coward abandon the effort because it did not fit his agenda of smart power through diplomacy. This is a long term commitment. The fact of the matter is that US troops were pulled at a critical time. OBAMA NEGATED THE LOSS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN LIVES by surrendering in Iraq when it came to dealing with the peace. Happy Nomad on June 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM

How many are still stationed in S.Korea?

Barky owns this. Lock, stock & barrel.

wolly4321 on June 23, 2014 at 6:49 PM

28,500

wolly4321 on June 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM

In other words, it’s not so much that Special Ops won’t have immunity as that both sides are now ignoring Iraq’s joke of a parliament and handling things through executive agreement.

So the leader of Iraq does whatever he wants to, just like our own Dear Leader? Well, now I know they’ll work swimmingly together! They share a fundamental trait in common; totalitarianism.

xNavigator on June 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

How many are still stationed in S.Korea?

wolly4321 on June 23, 2014 at 6:49 PM

That number should be zero but now, they have plenty of time to arm up. Or at least the US should be compensated a great deal of the cost.

Oil Can on June 23, 2014 at 7:11 PM

If it was zero, there wouldn’t be a South Korea.

Just like there isn’t going to be an Iraq.

You can call it western Iran or eastern Syria.

Or just call it the caliphate.

wolly4321 on June 23, 2014 at 7:24 PM

t number should be zero but now, they have plenty of time to arm up. Or at least the US should be compensated a great deal of the cost. Oil Can on June 23, 2014 at 7:11 PM

I get cheap clothes.

wolly4321 on June 23, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Key West Reader on June 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

You are, a warrior for the cause. That one is beneath you and not worthy of your attention.

hawkdriver on June 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Key West Reader on June 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

You are, a warrior for the cause. That one is beneath you and not worthy of your attention.

hawkdriver on June 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Yep; foolrepublica is not worthy of any of our attention.

slickwillie2001 on June 23, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Let that Marine sitting in a Mexican jail be your guide.
He doesn’t give a $hit if our guys are locked up in an Iraqi prison for come CS offense.

Another Drew on June 23, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Heard Special Ops must pull out their personal Credit Card and pay for the flight to Iraq.

Goodie on June 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Also, how likely is it that any of the 300 Special Ops soldiers headed over will end up in a situation where the Shiite government might want to try them?

Hope it doesn’t turn into a newer version of Leonidas and his 300 at Thermopylae.

Patriot Vet on June 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

So troops were pulled for no status of forces of agreement, so now they’re sent back with no status of forces agreement?

Brock Robamney on June 24, 2014 at 4:33 AM

Let it burn. Whoever takes over still will need to sell the oil. And frankly, I don’t care if I have to pay another 10 cents or 50 cents or $1 per gallon. Sure the US has an interest in maintaining world commerce, but propping up one Islamic dictatorship after another to do it is an immoral waste of our fighting men and women.

If necessary bomb them back into the stone age, but don’t hang around for the rebuild. These aren’t the Germans or the Japanese. These are barbarians.

doufree on June 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

So troops were pulled for no status of forces of agreement, so now they’re sent back with no status of forces agreement?

Brock Robamney on June 24, 2014 at 4:33 AM

Obama to the troops: “Go bravely into the war zone. But remember that one mistake in the fog of war can put you into an Iraqi prison cell for life, or an Iraqi hangman’s noose. I got your back – NOT!”

s1im on June 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM