That Nobel Peace Prize winning President sure loves to use our military. He increased the number of troops in Afghanistan. He bombed Libya. He sent 100 armed US troops to Uganda and now instead of bringing our military men and women home to protect our borders, Obama wants to buildup the troop levels in the Gulf region.
From the NYTimes:
The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.
The plans, under discussion for months, gained new urgency afterPresident Obama’s announcement this month that the last American soldiers would be brought home from Iraq by the end of December. Ending the eight-year war was a central pledge of his presidential campaign, but American military officers and diplomats, as well as officials of several countries in the region, worry that the withdrawal could leave instability or worse in its wake.
Obama promised to end the Iraq War during his first year in office and the troop withdrawal was already agreed upon by the Bush administration and the Iraqi government. Obama had nothing to do with the troop withdrawal besides announcing it and taking credit for it.
After unsuccessfully pressing both the Obama administration and the Iraqi government to permit as many as 20,000 American troops to remain in Iraq beyond 2011, the Pentagon is now drawing up an alternative.
Team Obama couldn’t secure immunity for our troops, but the NY Times doesn’t like to tell facts that put Obama in a bad light.
In addition to negotiations over maintaining a ground combat presence in Kuwait, the United States is considering sending more naval warships through international waters in the region.