Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why President Obama Ordered 300 Special Forces Personnel to Iraq

Three hundred Spartans held off thousands of Persians for three days at the Battle of Thermopylae in summer 480 BC to buy time for Greeks to mobilize their defense against Persia.  Perhaps the 300 U.S. Special Forces all descend from Sparta and they, too, will hold the line against ISIS (ISIL) 40 miles north of Baghdad to allow the main forces opposing ISIS to mobilize (but not pay the ultimate price of the Spartans).

Themistocles, Athen's naval commander, subsequently defeated the Persian navy in late 480 BC at the Battle of Salamis, followed by a Greek army thrashing the Persians at the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC.  The main forces opposing ISIS--Iraqi militias, Syrian air and ground forces, Iranian Revolutionary Guards, U.S. air forces, and other anti-ISIS military--can counterattack, recover all territory held by ISIS, and end the global threat from these ultra-jihadist rebels.

Makes sense?

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