MSNBCâ€™s Chuck Todd references a Ben Rhodes declaration that the purpose of the limited mission in Iraq is to provide the Kurds with the space needed to evacuate those under siege on Mount Sinjar.
His guest, retired Four-Star General Barry McCaffrey, says heâ€™s a â€œlittle dismayed at what weâ€™re up toâ€ in the strikes and associated aid operation. He describes the Obama actions as â€œpolitical gestures using military power.â€ He goes on to say that it looks to him â€œas if a lot of this is internal U.S. politics to show weâ€™re doing something.â€
McCaffrey says, â€œIf you are going to use military power, you have to write down your objective and then use decisive force to achieve your objective.â€
He says, â€œThe bottom line to me is, the Kurds deserve our support. For the last year we should have been equipping them and supporting them. And we didnâ€™t because weâ€™ve been concerned about maintaining a centralized Iraqi state, with Maliki who acted as a Shiite despot. I think we haveÂ muddledÂ thinking on what weâ€™re trying to achieve in Iraq.â€
He also had harsh words for what he calls â€œtwo FA-18 strikes on an artillery unit somewhere in the vicinity,â€ a further indication that politicians, not military planners, were behind the American actions.
Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please â€œLikeâ€ him on Facebook, â€œFollowâ€ him on Twitter or visitÂ www.rickwells.us