Thursday, February 6, 2014

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"Certainly an advisory role, but certainly not anything beyond that. And that's if requested. I think we have to be very careful once out about reentering that particular conflict. I would say, in terms of regular troops on the ground, absolutely not."

There are three points why, despite his moderate wording, Coffman is calling for yet another war.

First, there is no such thing as "advisory, or "non-regular troops," when it comes to Iraq. As soon as an American service member enters Iraq, they are a target. If attacked, they will respond, and thus are combat troops. In a 360-degree battlefield, where any innocent looking person may actually be an insurgent, those troops must always keep a combat posture, for their own defense.

Taking on a true advisory role, right now, in Iraq, would mean sending parts of the regular Army that aren't advisors.

As an adviser to the Iraqi Army, myself, in 2011, I can tell you that when you're embedded with the Iraqi Army, you never feel completely safe -- whether it is from attacks on them, or attacks from within called "Green on Blue", simply put, any boots on the ground, in Iraq, would be combat troops. It isn't even a debate.
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