Obama Said No Boots on the Ground. He Lied.

More than a year ago, President Barack Obama came on television and promised the American people that he would not put “boots on the ground” in Syria. But after U.S. military officials broke the bad news to him this summer – that our attempts to destroy ISIS through the proxy of local fighters has been an utter failure – he has chosen to break that solemn vow.

Of course, the White House doesn’t see it that way.

“They are not being deployed with a combat mission,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “The mission of our men and women on the ground has not changed.”

Right. Instead, this excursion is being characterized as an “expansion” of the mission. Someone in the administration apparently feels that they can use this kind of terminology and get one over on the public. “Oh, yeah, an expansion. I guess that makes sense. Go Obama!”

Their contempt for the intelligence of the American people is stunning. But what’s even more stunning is that they continue to insist that this crisis needs a diplomatic solution.

“The president has been quite clear that there is no military solution to the problems that are plaguing Iraq and Syria — it’s a diplomatic one,” Earnest said.

Gee, that must be nice to hear if you’re one of the 50 or so Special Forces troops being sent into the country. Thanks for your service, guys. Try not to get your heads blown off by the Islamic State. Oh, by the way, we don’t really think you’re going to get anything done over there and we’re not even really sure why we’re sending you. Best of luck, though.

The time has come to decide. Forget about Obama’s lies; the one about Syria is just another in a long line of them. But we don’t need to send American troops into harm’s way without a coherent strategy. 50 advisers? That’s not going to change a damn thing. These Syrians don’t even want to fight ISIS. Their beef is with Assad, and they view ISIS as their allies. They don’t care about what the U.S. wants.

ISIS is a scourge that needs to be destroyed, but this isn’t the way to go about it. We need to either commit or pull out. Obama, meanwhile, just wants to keep things halfway contained so he can pass this whole mess on to the next commander-in-chief. His legacy is not worth spilling American blood over. If we’re not in Syria to win, then what the hell are we doing?

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