Wednesday, October 15, 2014

To send or not to send U.S. ground troops to Iraq

Now that we have a got an existential threat to the country named Iraq, there have been now calls to send in the U.S. ground troops to push back ISIS. And there is a debate about it is going on although the President of the United States has said that no U.S. ground troops will be sent, there are increasing calls in the Congress to send them anyway. But what is my take on it? Although I oppose sending in the U.S. troops initially but since seeing Iraq sliding into chaos and ISIS threatening neighboring countries, it is better to send in some small contingent of U.S. special forces to help repel their advances at least around the capital Baghdad. This way ISIS will not be able to threaten the capital and also keep them in check and soldiers with equal military training fighting against them. Better yet why not strike a deal with Iran or even Syria to use their ground forces to repel ISIS. First Iran, Iran is just right there and since it is Shiite nation and will not want ISIS to run over the Shiite shrines in Iraq at any cost, why not make a deal with Iran to give them the weapons so that they can send in their ground forces to fight ISIS. In this way, Iraq will remain Iraq and the neighboring countries will not have to feel threatened by ISIS. I know it is not easy for the U.S. to come to terms with Iran in this case but this is the only choice the U.S. has if they don’t want to send their ground troops back again to Iraq.

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