There are already “boots on the ground”, there will be more.
The State Department has asked the Pentagon to send additional troops to Iraq, according to a U.S. official.
The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, said that the number of personnel requested is fewer than 300.
“Military planners are considering it” but no decisions have been made, the official said.
The official could not provide a timeline for when the Pentagon would decide.
The brutal murder of the brave American journalist James Foley is meant to directly terrorize the world’s media, the international community, and the United States. If all the actions of the Islamic State, or IS, to date weren’t sufficiently reprehensible, this act and the potential for other similar acts will snap American attention with laser-like focus onto the real danger IS poses to the existence of Iraq, the order of the region and to the homelands of Europe and America.
Make no mistake, the abomination of IS is a clear and present danger to the U.S. The only question really is whether the U.S. and its allies and partners will act decisively now while they can still shape events to destroy IS, an act that seems increasingly self-obvious.