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Obama Sending Troops to Syrian Border “In Case of Military Action”

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 18, 2013 @ 8:43 pm In The Point | 6 Comments

The Anti-War candidate started one war already in Libya. Now he just needs to start another one so he can qualify for a rare double Nobel Peace Prize.

In a critical indication of growing U.S. military involvement in the civil war in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the deployment of more American troops to Jordan.

He said the troops will work alongside Jordanian forces to “improve readiness and prepare for a number of scenarios.”

The troops, which will number up to 200, are from the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, two Defense Department officials told CNN.

The deployment “creates an additional capability” beyond what has been there, one official said, and will give the United States the ability to “potentially form a joint task force for military operations, if ordered.”

The new deployment will include communications and intelligence specialists who will assist the Jordanians and “be ready for military action” if President Barack Obama were to order it, the official said. There have been several dozen American troops, mainly special forces, in Jordan for the past year assisting the Jordanians.

But that group has been very ad hoc, the official said. This new deployment makes the U.S. military presence more official and is the first formalized ongoing presence of an American military unit in the Kingdom in recent years.

If President McCain had done this sort of thing, the media would be screaming about the dangers of getting involved in another war and urging more negotiations with Saddam Assad. But that doesn’t apply here.

Libya wasn’t a war, even though it was a war. Benghazi was never tied to the disastrous decision to overthrow Gaddafi and replace him with Islamist militias. And there is just as little accountability here.

When Bush was just discussing Iraq, the anti-war machine went into gear. But Obama moving troops over to Jordan is no big deal. Nothing to see here. Move along.


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