If we start putting boots on the ground again, we may as well just move the US to the ME. There is no longer an upside to being there.
Evacuate all US personnel we can, then turn our backs on it. Period, anything short of that and we are just going to be stupid for decades.
Iraq does not want us there. Obama wanted to leave 10k troops there but Iraq refused to grant them immunity. So, now let them wallow in their own feces. When the last Iraqi or Kurdish soldier is killed on the front lines, then, and ONLY then, should we send our children over there to clean their plow.
And if we do have to go back, no mercy. Turn that ****ing place into a glass parking lot.
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
But heck, the mission was accomplished.
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
I just read a good article by John Bolton on the jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and I agree with him that the central problem in the whole region is the Islamist regime that controls Iran. The U.S. should have overthrown it thirty years ago, but there is still time. It won't happen, though, until this county has purged itself of the National Embarrassment now occupying the White House.
Until then, I agree with Bolton that this current jihadist rump state must be destroyed, completely, and without delay. I would also not take any of these people prisoner. They are heinous criminals who are outside all law and deserve none of the protections we give real soldiers. Winston Churchill would have had captured Nazi officials shot without any trial, because their war crimes were already obvious. I think these people deserve no better.
Between the peshmerga and whatever reliable Iraqi forces remain, I think there are enough ground forces to defeat ten or fifteen thousand cruel savages with some captured heavy weapons they barely know how to use--provided the U.S. gives them adequate air support, reconnaissance, and supplies. I agree with Bolton on that. I also agree that a free, friendly Kurdistan should emerge from this fight.
The U.S. must go after these people with hammer and tongs, even if that means bombing civilians in places that harbor them. Make that a stated policy, and then let those civilians decide which side to take. A small force like this does not take over such a large area without a lot of local help. Civilized nations had to accept killing many thousands of innocent people as inevitable during WWII, and we may have to accept it now.