By Chris Rossini
A few days ago, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that the U.S. would send special operations troops to Iraq. This is despite countless promises that the U.S. would not put "boots on the ground" or that the Hope & Change President would end America's draining wars.
The decision to put these boots on the ground in Iraq is unconstitutional as well. Congress has not voted, which sadly has become the norm. These troops are also being placed into Iraq against the wishes of Iraq's Prime Minister Abadi who said: “Iraq does not need foreign ground combat forces on Iraqi land.”
As if that weren't enough, the U.S. troops are also being placed in a life-threatening situation as well. Iranian militias are also on the ground in Iraq battling ISIS. They do not want American troops there, and are even threatening them.
"We will chase and fight any American force deployed in Iraq," said Jafaar Hussaini, a spokesman for one of the Shi'ite armed groups, Kata'ib Hezbollah. "Any such American force will become a primary target for our group. We fought them before and we are ready to resume fighting."
So from all angles, whether it be constitutional, internationally legal, or even moral, this decision to put U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq (again) is a bad decision.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump had some criticism of the decision. However, it had nothing to do with those listed above. Donald instead made the following statement:
“Why does he have to stand up and say ‘we’re sending them’? Why can’t he send them and be quiet? We don’t have any unpredictability anymore.”
Just send them and be quiet?
We don't have any unpredictability anymore?
The President is supposed to obey the law! It's supposed to be "predictable" that Presidents follow the U.S. Constitution. They're not supposed to just do what they want without telling anyone. They're not supposed to just do what they want period!
Trump's take on this situation should scare every American to the core.