Ever since he first ran for president, Barack Hussein Obama has promised to get our troops out of the Middle East. That’s why it came as a surprise on Monday when Obama announced plans to send an additional 250 special operations forces to Syria in the next few weeks to take on ISIS.
“Just as I approved additional support for Iraqi forces against ISIL, I’ve decided to increase U.S. support for local forces fighting ISIL in Syria, a small number of special operations forces are already on the ground in Syria and their expertise has been critical as local forces have driven ISIL out of key areas,” Obama said during a speech in Germany, using his own ridiculous acronym for the terrorist group.
“So given their success I’ve approved the deployment of up to 250 additional U.S. personnel in Syria including special forces to keep up this momentum,” he added, according to CNN.
Obama went on to say that American troops will not be leading the fight against ISIS. Instead, they will be training and assisting local forces.
“So make no mistake these terrorists will learn the same lesson as others before them have, which is ‘your hatred is no match for our nations united in the defense of our way of life,'” he said. “Just as we remain relentless on the military front we’re not going to give up on diplomacy to end the civil war in Syria because the suffering of the people in Syria has to end and that requires an effective political transition.”
The troops being sent to Syria will not be expected to participate in combat, but they will be armed so they can defend themselves.
“As we have noted in recent days, the President has authorized a series of steps to increase support for our partners in the region, including Iraqi security forces as well as local Syrian forces who are taking the fight to ISIL,” a senior administration official CNN. “The President during his remarks at the Hannover Messe fairgrounds on Monday will speak to this additional step.”
We’re glad to see that Obama is finally doing something to take on ISIS. Please keep our troops in your thoughts and prayers as they head to Syria!