Excerpt from: CREDO Action
Last week, President Obama announced that the United States will send special operations forces to Syria, where they will assist some rebel factions in Syria’s brutal civil war.1
But in 2013, President Obama promised unequivocally, “I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria.”
This escalation is the latest in a series of broken promises on war and peace.2 President Obama was elected and re-elected on promises to end George W. Bush’s two failed wars. Instead he’s poised to leave a legacy of broken promises and three endless wars.
- Watch the video at ObamasEndlessWars.com and tell President Obama: Keep your promises. End the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
President Obama also recently broke his promise to end the war in Afghanistan, announcing instead that troops will remain there through the end of his time in office.3 And, despite President Obama’s pledge that “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” a Pentagon spokesman recently admitted that “we’re in combat” after Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler was killed in a raid to free hostages held by ISIS.4 Now he’s breaking his promise in Syria, too.
President Obama was elected in part on his pledge to withdraw from Iraq and change course from George W. Bush’s disastrous foreign policy.
But while President Obama’s tactical choices are a shift from Bush’s policy of launching full-scale ground invasions, the results are likely to be similar.
The New York Times editorial board was correct when it wrote:
By incrementally increasing its combat role in a vast, complicated battleground, the United States is being sucked into a new Middle East war. Each step in that direction can only breed the desire to do more. Commanders will want to build on battlefield successes when things go their way, and they will be driven to retaliate when they don’t.5
And with American troops now joining an intractable civil war being waged by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, the Russian military, and Iranian-backed Hezbollah fighters, President Obama’s latest intervention in Syria runs the risk of sparking a far more serious conflict.
President Obama is taking us one more step toward an endless cycle of escalating military intervention. Furthermore, Congress hasn’t even legally authorized President Obama’s new war in Iraq and Syria – which began over a year ago, and has already cost $4 billion dollars.
We need to speak out now and demand that he keep his promises to bring our troops home.
The sad truth is that President Obama and his military advisors don’t appear to have a coherent strategy in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria, and none of the three conflicts has an American solution.
American military intervention has not and likely will not substantially change the situation on the ground, let alone improve it. But it does risk dragging us into yet another brutal, full-scale war of choice.
President Obama still has time to reverse course and keep his promise to bring America’s troops home. But he won’t do it unless we speak out now.
- Take action at ObamasEndlessWars.com and tell President Obama: Keep your promises. End the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria now!
Thank you for taking action.
Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
Nick Turse, “U.S to Send Special Operations Forces to Syria,” The Intercept, October 30, 2015
Matthew Rosenberg and Michael D. Shear, “In Reversal, Obama Says U.S. Soldiers Will Stay in Afghanistan to 2017,” New York Times, October 15, 2015
Jeremy Diamond, “Pentagon: ‘We’re in combat’ in Iraq,” CNN, October 30, 2015
Editorial Board, “The Military Escalation in Iraq and Syria,” New York Times, October 28, 2015
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