My header IS MY view on this ….
The piece in the Washinbgton Post is saying the same , but NOT out loud….
Most people do NOT not know this , But?
American Special Forces units ARE operating in Syria and Iraq in releativly small numbers to keep and eye on and work against militant groups in the those territories ….
The strategy would seem to be keep these groups busy far away from America….
But after the Hamas Oct. 7 attacks on Isreal?
The militants, who are backed by Iran have increased teir attacks against American troops and assets….
No Americans have been seriously injuried…
But the Pentagon is NOT happy with increased risk American’s are in and does NOT want any deaths from these attacks hitting the media….
I’m gonna make a wild guess here about the goals of Iran….
We have an American President that followed his predessor in picking up and REMOVING ALL Amwerica troops from Afghanistan….
Why not put American soliders in harms way and hope that the SAME US President pack’s up and leave’s Sryia and Iraq to deal with Irans’s proxies on their own?
With increased attacks would President Biden want get involved with a conflict while Israel is ALSO?
Biden has already pushed to stop Israel against Hamas who has slipped. away with hostages to trade….
Israel is taking a beatdown in world media….
More American troops to directly engage?
A Afghna like withdrawal?
Seething anger in the Middle East over U.S. support for the Israeli military campaign in Gaza, where thousands of Palestinian civilians have been killed in the past six weeks, has heightened concern among Biden and his deputies that any overreaction to the attacks on U.S. personnel could incite a wider conflict. In conjunction with the airstrikes, administration officials have urged Tehran repeatedly over the past month to rein in the militia groups it supports, cautioning that the United States has “the right” to respond “at a time and place of our choosing.” But those warnings have gone unheeded…
A senior defense official said the Pentagon has provided additional options to the president beyond the actions that have been taken to date. This person affirmed, too, that within the Defense Department, there is growing doubt about the present approach.
In a statement, National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said that Biden has demonstrated that “he will never hesitate to take action to protect U.S. forces” and that the president is “fully prepared to take further measures as needed at any given moment to protect our people.”….
Christine Abizaid, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told House lawmakers on Wednesday that, despite the unabated attacks on American personnel, Iran and its proxies are “trying to walk a very fine line in the region.” There appears to be a concerted effort, she said, to avoid “overt actions that risk opening them up to a more direct conflict with Israel or the United States while still exacting costs by enabling anti-U.S. and anti-Israel attacks.”…