If President Obama decides to pursue this path — which I really believe he doesn’t want — it will represent, once again, the facade of taking action…when there is really no desired result, other than political optics.
As Written By Allen B. West:
You always have to be on the lookout for the “October surprise” in presidential election cycles. If you recall, back in 2012 the unemployment rate took an incredible dive to 5 percent right before the election.
As well, we clearly know the lies and false narratives created and promulgated regarding the Islamic jihadist attack in Benghazi. You could have bet your last dollar that had it been a Republican president and Benghazi had occurred, they would have been forced to step down from running for reelection. They certainly would have been pummeled so badly by the liberal media that reelection would have been impossible. Instead, Candy Crowley of CNN injected herself into a presidential debate — again disseminating false information.
So, what could possibly be the coming surprise from the Obama administration in an attempt to get Hillary Clinton over the hump?
As reported by the Washington Times, “Some U.S. officers in Baghdad believe the Obama administration is rushing plans for a Mosul offensive so it takes place before the November presidential election, a retired general says.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said his contacts in Baghdad have relayed the concerns to him, fearing there is now an “artificial timeline” for what promises to be by far the toughest battle in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq. Iraqi Security Forces, which has made strides since the U.S.-led coalition began retraining its troops, may not be sufficiently prepared for a rushed operation.
The troops face the monumental task of capturing a city of almost 2 million citizens and up to 10,000 Islamic State fighters and their booby traps.
“There is tremendous concern that Washington is going to press for a Mosul operation to commence before the November election,” Mr. Barbero told The Washington Times. “The concern is, will the conditions be set on the ground by then, and I don’t think so.”
Asked about the view that the White House is pushing an early offensive, Mr. Barbero answered, “Yeah. I’m hearing that from Baghdad.” “If you look at the track record, that is not unbelievable,” he said. “It’s an artificial timeline, especially before the election.”
I personally know LTG (Ret) Barbero as he was the assistant division commander of the 4th Infantry during my tenure as a battalion commander…and I would NEVER abandon my men to die in a combat zone and lie about it — to save my own arse. But, I digress.
LTG (Ret) Barbero was also the commander of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). LTG Barbero is well acquainted with the Iraq combat theater of operations, along with the influence of the Iranian made EFPs (explosive force penetrators). Therefore, you can take his words to the bank.
And so it is, after almost two whole years, the Obama administration is going to conduct an operation in Mosul. First of all, why now? Secondly, what resources are going to be available to set the conditions for a ground combat success and engagement? I’m not going to ask about how many troops; that’s determined by military planners.
What I will ask is a simple question, what are the strategic and operational objectives for this operation? And as LTG Barbero articulates, what is the execution timeline, is it viable, or just vanilla? If there’s something alarming to those of us who’ve served or serving, it’s mission creep. It’s the incessant drip, drip of forces into a combat zone without any clear guidance and objectives.
Heck, what is the command and control structure in Iraq? As a matter of fact, we …
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