Navy Dispatching War Ships to the Persian Gulf
It may be too little too late as Iraq has become engulfed in violence. The battle between Sunnis and Shiites for control of the nation has much more to do with the Al-Qaida backed ISIS using the Sunni population to take over the oil rich nation. President Obama is facing another foreign policy disaster on a much larger scale than Libya, Egypt, and Syria. Sadly, with his hasty withdrawal of troops and failure to secure a permanent military base in the nation, the US has limited options. Unfortunately, bad is something that can always be re-defined to more severe degrees.
To that extent, the President has ordered the US Navy to dispatch the USS George H.W. Bush battleship to the Persian Gulf. This is along with the USS Philippine, a guided-missile cruiser, and the USS Truxtun, a guided missile destroyer. As per the Pentagon, these naval assets are going to the Persian Gulf to protect the lives of Americans in Iraq should they be threatened. It bears mentioning that shortly after the September 11, 2011 attacks, George W. Bush was asked why he wasn’t firing cruise missiles at the Afghan terrorists. He responded that he wasn’t going to waste million dollar missiles to pound sound and strike camels in the tuckas. The simple logistics are that the United States hasn’t the military presence in Iraq needed for any serious action.
Cities which the US Marines and Army fought hard to retake from the terrorist such as Tikrit and Mosul have once again fallen into the hands of the rebel insurgents. In the areas they control, Sharia Law is declared and reports of their brutality are rampant. President Obama is still on the fence as to whether the US will provide any military support to the Iraqi government. Meanwhile, reports are that the Iraqi Shiite government is appealing to neighboring Iran for assistance.
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