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June 16, 2014 - 3:38 pm

President Obama just notified Congress that about 275 military personnel are deploying to Iraq.

Per the War Powers Resolution, Obama sent a notice to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate President Pro Tem Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) advising that the deployment began yesterday.

“Up to approximately 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel are deploying to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. This force is deploying for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, and is equipped for combat. This force will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed,” Obama writes.

“This action has been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.”

In a statement accompanying the resolution, White House press secretary Jay Carney stressed that “the personnel will provide assistance to the Department of State in connection with the temporary relocation of some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to the U.S. Consulates General in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman.”

“These U.S. military personnel are entering Iraq with the consent of the Government of Iraq,” Carney said. “The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad remains open, and a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.”

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby stressed on CNN that “the embassy is a very safe compound.”

“There is no request by the State Department for any kind of evacuation. The embassy is still up and running, still operational. It’s true that they relocated some of the personnel over the weekend, but, again, the embassy’s open, open for business,” Kirby said.

“And, look, I mean, this is always a tough call, how you make these kinds of decisions about whether to move or not to move. We are postured and ready should the State Department require that. But there has been no request, none at all. The embassy’s still open.”

Kirby also said that the steamrolling of Iraqi cities by ISIS forces was “absolutely not an intelligence failure, none at all.”

“So, this is something we have been watching for a long time,” he said. “Yes, they moved pretty quick. And, yes, as I said Friday, we were surprised and disappointed at how some of the Iraqi security forces failed to meet those threats up in the north. But it’s not something we haven’t been watching.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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“This action has been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad"

Benghazi.
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He notifies Congress, properly, for an action that does protect Americans and that is easy to support.
But the Libyan intervention?
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I am now and will remain cynical of any action Obama takes regarding the safety of U.S. civilians and the purpose of troops in any conflict, anywhere. Protecting America is a very low priority for him. Round up 275 of your friends just as a reminder of how small a group that is. Granted, these troops would be armed, properly trained, etc. But 275? How pathetic can you get? Are the Americans in Iraq all in one spot to be picked up easily? Of course not. So exactly what can 275 military personnel do? One can only hope that the military in charge have a plan because Obama and his minions sure don't.
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According to news sources, this small troops' assignment is to provide security for the American embassy personnel who still remain there. That's it.
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His holiness the emperor suddenly asks congress' permission for something? Probably only so he'll claim it is all congress' fault when the debacle occurs.
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To all those misguided deluded fools who think we should act in Iraq to stop the Muslims killing each other out of HUMANITARIAN concern should stop and consider this , a MUSLIM has absolutely no concept whatsoever of HUMAN RIGHTS, EQUAL RIGHTS, WOMENS RIGHTS,MERCY or HUMANITY so you are wasting your time. They consider only the MUSLIMS right to DOMINATE. You should also know that the much vaunted Muslim charity giving is for Muslims ONLY and if YOU are charitable to a Muslim they simply regard that as their RIGHT and that you are just being a (subservient tribute paying second class) DHIMMIE as you should be.
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Jay Carney? I thought he ran off with the circus.
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No, he's running from the circus.
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And Congress needs to say "No."
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The 275 troops are the protection for Americans when the sh!t hits the fan. If Congress says 'no' then many more Americans will die like Amb Stephens. The 275 troops are 'the last chopper out of Baghdad'.
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Now he tell us.

Pr!k.
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“This action has been directed consistent with my responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad"

Benghazi.
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Yes. Citizens such as:
Christopher Stevens
Sean Smith
Glen A. Doherty
and Tyrone S. Woods
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