Declaring that, “Today America is coming to help,” President Obama, nonetheless insisted that, “I will not allow America to be dragged into another war in Iraq.”
In June, as he ordered additional troops to Iraq to join the several hundred he had already sent under the auspices of protecting U.S. embassy personnel, Pres. Obama cautioned (presumably himself) that, “We always have to guard against mission creep … American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again.”
That admonition against mission creep from the President may have seemed to some a remote possibility when he declared it in June; now, in the wake of his order for U.S. forces to defend the Americans he chose to place in harm’s way in Iraq — and the subsequent escalation of U.S. forces and U.S. airstrikes into Iraq and Syria — that promise appears as hollow as the expectation most Americans had for the majority of his term that his decision to pull all troops out represented a complete end to the Iraq war. Certainly that was the belief of those who voted for him in the expectation he’d end U.S. military involvement there.