Former defense secretary blasts Obama for lying about combat role for troops in Iraq

So you think the war in Iraq is over for Americans?  That's what the Obama administration would like you to think.  In fact, former defense secretary Robert Gates says, U.S. troops are now in harm's way in Iraq and are directly supporting combat operations for the Iraqi army.

Washington Times:

Former Obama Defense Secretary Bob Gates accused the White House of engaging in political “backflips” to avoid describing U.S. forces in Iraq andSyria as engaged in a combat mission.

Hours later, President Obama’s spokesman performed more verbal gymnastics on the subject, saying troops are sometimes in a combat “situation” but not a combat mission.

Mr. Gates, a Republican who served as Mr. Obama’s first Defense secretary from 2009 to 2011, said it’s a “disservice” that the White Housecan’t bring itself to say that U.S. troops are in combat against the Islamic State.

“I think that it is incredibly unfortunate not to speak openly about what’s going on,” Mr. Gates said on MSNBC. “American troops are in action, they are being killed, they are in combat. And these semantic backflips to avoid using the term combat is a disservice to those who are out there putting their lives on the line.”

The White House, which is fully invested in Mr. Obama’s legacy as the president who ended the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, seemingly provedMr. Gates‘ point soon after he made his comments. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the 5,500 or more U.S. troops deployed in Syria and Iraq are often in danger, but were not sent there as ground combat troops on the scale of the Bush administration’s 2003 invasion.

“While their presence in Iraq and in Syriais dangerous, and on occasion, our men and women in uniform have found themselves in combat situations that are dangerous, they have not been deployed to Iraq to wage combat on the ground against” the Islamic State, Mr. Earnest said.

Only Obama-worshipers and five-year-olds believe that nonsense.  The Marines built a firebase just a couple of miles from ISIS positions.  Do Marines build firebases if they're not on a combat mission?

Our special forces units have been engaged in combat in Syria for years.  Just recently, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed outside Mosul when ISIS forces attacked.  Our troops occupy military bases in Iraq that are under attack from ISIS.

So why not acknowledge the obvious?  By hook or by crook, Obama is going to leave office having "ended" the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the fact that we have thousands of troops engaged.  It's a helluva thing to place your legacy above the truth, but that's what President Obama has done.

So you think the war in Iraq is over for Americans?  That's what the Obama administration would like you to think.  In fact, former defense secretary Robert Gates says, U.S. troops are now in harm's way in Iraq and are directly supporting combat operations for the Iraqi army.

Washington Times:

Former Obama Defense Secretary Bob Gates accused the White House of engaging in political “backflips” to avoid describing U.S. forces in Iraq andSyria as engaged in a combat mission.

Hours later, President Obama’s spokesman performed more verbal gymnastics on the subject, saying troops are sometimes in a combat “situation” but not a combat mission.

Mr. Gates, a Republican who served as Mr. Obama’s first Defense secretary from 2009 to 2011, said it’s a “disservice” that the White Housecan’t bring itself to say that U.S. troops are in combat against the Islamic State.

“I think that it is incredibly unfortunate not to speak openly about what’s going on,” Mr. Gates said on MSNBC. “American troops are in action, they are being killed, they are in combat. And these semantic backflips to avoid using the term combat is a disservice to those who are out there putting their lives on the line.”

The White House, which is fully invested in Mr. Obama’s legacy as the president who ended the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, seemingly provedMr. Gates‘ point soon after he made his comments. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the 5,500 or more U.S. troops deployed in Syria and Iraq are often in danger, but were not sent there as ground combat troops on the scale of the Bush administration’s 2003 invasion.

“While their presence in Iraq and in Syriais dangerous, and on occasion, our men and women in uniform have found themselves in combat situations that are dangerous, they have not been deployed to Iraq to wage combat on the ground against” the Islamic State, Mr. Earnest said.

Only Obama-worshipers and five-year-olds believe that nonsense.  The Marines built a firebase just a couple of miles from ISIS positions.  Do Marines build firebases if they're not on a combat mission?

Our special forces units have been engaged in combat in Syria for years.  Just recently, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed outside Mosul when ISIS forces attacked.  Our troops occupy military bases in Iraq that are under attack from ISIS.

So why not acknowledge the obvious?  By hook or by crook, Obama is going to leave office having "ended" the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the fact that we have thousands of troops engaged.  It's a helluva thing to place your legacy above the truth, but that's what President Obama has done.