Retired Army General Anthony Zinni, appearing moments ago on the PBS NewsHour responded to Barack Obama‘s decision to send an additional 450 military advisers to Iraq, raising the issue that ISIS poses a minimal threat to the U.S., a threat that is likely a lot less than Mexican drug lords on the U.S. border.
This move is similar to the decisions of presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy to increase the number of advisers in Vietnam, according to Professor Andrew Bacevich, a retired Army colonel and professor at Brown University. “We know how to do this. We did it in World War II” was the rally cry for sending advisers to Vietnam and this gung-ho narrative is being echoed by supporters of Mr Obama’s decision.
Unfortunately, according to the Professor, after eight years in Iraq, the U.S. has not demonstrated that it can “do this” because if it were successful, the U.S. would not be having this discussion in the first place.
Fortunately for Mr. Obama, this decision to send more advisers comes in the middle of his second term versus the end of his first term and prior to a general election. Like Johnson he would have found himself being shown the door by his fellow Democrats. Instead, they, especially his supporters in the electorate, turn a blind eye preferring to keep the demigod on a shaky pedestal versus urging reason in order to properly ground his foot stool…..