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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The slippery slope to full scale intervention.

US urgently deploys hundreds of armed troops 


Secretary John Kerry.


The U.S. is urgently deploying several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq and considering sending an additional contingent of special forces soldiers as Baghdad struggles to repel a rampant insurgency. Tulsa World.

America sends hundreds of troops into Iraq to protect the US embassy and to "safeguard American personnel and other interests in Baghdad". This deployment, not withstanding Whitehouse assertions to the contrary , may be seen as a precursor to an even greater involvement of American military personnel in defiance of domestic public opinion. It is not without precedent in American military history, as US involvement in Viet Nam began with the deployment of "military advisers" to prop up a failing administration in Saigon, leading to a full scale war with the Viet Cong insurgency.

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In the present situation in Iraq, and with the history of two Iraq wars and the "special relationship" myth still remaining in the minds of too many British politicians (and some people), it can not be too long before Hague, Cameron and the other usual suspects, will be trying to persuade British public opinion that we too should be sending "assistance" to Nouri al-Maliki and helping the Americans to safeguard "western interests". Blair has already laid the ground for such, as yet, only "limited" involvement.
as the Americans found in Viet Nam, it is a very slippery slope from "limited involvement" to full scale action.
The British and American people have already shown that they want no part of another middle east adventure. It would be a very grave mistake for Anglo American politicians to ignore that view.