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    •  This is the camels nose under the tent (3+ / 0-)
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      GreatLakeSailor, corvo, sethtriggs

      These 275 are the intel and communication specialists that will provide the bombing co-ordinates for the air campaign sure to follow.What could go wrong.?

      'The tyranny of the ignoramuses is absolute and inescapable' A..Einstein

      by unfangus on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 06:02:06 PM PDT

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      •  It's been years since I've been in the service but (1+ / 0-)
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        sethtriggs

        I don't think the president needed an extra 275 soldiers and marines to do that. I'm pretty sure we already have enough assets on the ground if we ever needed something like that. Even if we had no human assets on the ground, satellite imagery and intelligent tomahawk missiles will be able to blow up enough people so why put 275 more people at risk just to do what we already can do without them.

        Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others....Groucho Marx

        by tazz on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 09:14:41 PM PDT

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        •  The two numbers I read consistently (2+ / 0-)
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          are either 5,000 or 17,000 Americans in the Embassy or in the Green Zone. The journalists citing these numbers don't really know. My suspicion is we have enough assets under enough different commands and different funding streams that no one knows the real number. The NSA knows all and it could take them months to venture a guess on a solid number. And then they would lie for public consumption. 275 new bodies is window dressing and theatre. It's the "do something" deployment. And if it never happens except by new accounting tricks who will ever know.

          •  Can't say I disagree (1+ / 0-)
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            oldhippie

            It's just funny that many people think sending 275 soldiers for an evacuation mission is some kind of conspiracy. I actually think those 275 are exactly what Obama said they were, experts in evacuation and embassy security. They have so many assets already on the ground in a country we occupied for so long, what would an additional 275 do?

            Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others....Groucho Marx

            by tazz on Tue Jun 17, 2014 at 10:01:49 AM PDT

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