by Allen West
According to a report from Paul McLeary in DefenseNews.com, without much fanfare – or explanation to the American people — President Obama has again committed US forces by using his War Powers Resolution authority.
In the letter to the Speaker of the House and the President Pro tempore of the Senate on December 19, President Obama said that the soldiers, deployed on December 18, are equipped for combat, but that this force was deployed for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property. This force will remain in South Sudan until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.
The soldiers deployed are part of the US Army¹s East Africa Response Force to the capital of Juba to help evacuate American citizens and ensure the safety of embassy personnel there. The forty-five combat-ready soldiers are part of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division based in Ft Riley, Kansas, but who are on a year-long deployment in the Army’s Regionally Aligned Forces program, which marries brigade combat teams with combatant commands around the world to thicken their ranks.
Once again, President Obama fails to realize the enemy has a vote, and any deployment into a hostile zone is not simply an “overseas contingency operation,” but rather a combat operation.
Case in point: DefenseNews.com reports “US aircraft flown into South Sudan to help with those evacuation efforts on Saturday came under fire, wounding four US servicemen, officials said, as fighting in the country escalated.”
This is sadly reminiscent of the Obama administration’s ill-advised venture into Libya which resulted in the destabilization of that region, empowering Islamists, and later resulting in the deaths of an American Ambassador and three others, including two former US Navy SEALS.
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