Various heavyweights in Obama’s Pentagon have been touting the new-newer-newest and improved American trained Iraqi National Army version 2.0 will take on and defeat ISIS forces this spring. However, barely making a mention in the so-called legacy media, the same Obama-led Pentagon is putting the über-telegraphed punch on indefinite hold.
As reported on Feb. 27, 2015 by The Daily Beast news portal, despite the Pentagon Brass promising that roughly 25,000 recently ginned-up Iraqi troops would take to the field within a matter of weeks to give the ISIS terrorists the boot from Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, as well as much of the surrounding Nineveh province, the operation is now on an indefinite hold. Described only as “a military official,” the unidentified Department of Defense official put the best face forward by downplaying the delay by blaming the Iraqis, “It is an Iraqi decision but we don’t want to do anything until they are ready and can win decisively.”
However, the official spokesman for the Pentagon, Rear Admiral John Kirby was vague as he backed out of giving any specifics, “I can’t put a date certain…nor say April is out.” Giving what may be a prime example of Pentagon’s ability to understate a serious problem, Admiral Kirby added, “I don’t think we are there yet. There are gaps and seams that need to be closed.”
The latest about face from the Obama Administration differs greatly from the bravado and positive spin that’s been fed to the public within the past few days. On Feb 20, 2015, The Guardian (of London, England) made note of yet again, an unidentified military spokesman, this time with Central Command, who stated late last week, “The operation to retake Iraq’s second largest city from Islamic State militants will likely begin in April or May and will involve about 12 Iraqi brigades, or between 20,000 and 25,000 troops.”
Not alone, the Military Times newspaper published on Feb. 19, 2015 that not only were there Iraqi National Army troops in the mix, approximately 3,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were to attack Mosul from the north. As cited and linked above, The Daily Beast made note only of the Iraqi National Army being not competent enough for battle, no mention was made of the Peshmerga not being battle ready.
The Military Times reported that a total of 25,000 Iraqi and Kurdish troops were slated for the pre-Ramadan offensive against between 1,000-2,000 ISIS insurgents. During the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004, 10,000 US Marines defeated 4,000 al-Qaeda terrorists in room-to-room fighting.