Obama to Send 1,500 More Troops to Iraq, Fears of 'Mission Creep' Mount
After President Obama’s decision to send 1,500 more U.S. troops to advise and assist in Iraq, the words “mission creep” are beginning to enter the conversation in America.
As the battle against ISIS continues to expand, many are concerned that this is the beginning of a long, drawn-out mission in a country that we just left three years ago. The Pentagon, however, has denied such allegations.
Lt. Col. Bill Cowan (Ret.) said on “America’s News Headquarters” today that the real story is how over the course of the last 6 months, the U.S. has gone from zero troops in Iraq to over 3,000, with no ceiling set.
“I would say, without a doubt, this is mission creep," Cowan said. "It starts with us putting in trainers, advisors, assistants and at some point it goes to another level.”
“I think we’re going to see a lot more happen before this is all done.”
Cowan added that most American servicemen and women want to see ISIS "strangled" the way the ought to be.
"ISIS may be trying to draw us back in. Trying or not, we're probably going to end up back over there."
Cowan explained that we will likely need to have U.S. advisors actually involved in combat at some point, which will help empower our allies on the ground.
Watch the clip from above and hear John Huddy report on Obama's decision to deploy more troops to Iraq and the ongoing fight against ISIS in Kobani below.