The US Constitution makes the President Commander in Chief of the armed forces when they have been called by Congress into the actual service of the United States (Article II, Section 2, Clause 1). So why, in a time when war has not been declared is Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah being allowed to send 200 more US troops into Syria?
Fox News reports:
MANAMA, Bahrain – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Saturday that as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group’s key stronghold of Raqqa.
The extra troops will include special operations forces and are in addition to 300 U.S. troops already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, train and advise local Syrian forces to combat IS.
Addressing a security conference in Bahrain, Carter also took gentle jabs at U.S. Middle East partners for failing to provide more military muscle in the broader campaign to defeat IS and counter extremism.
Without mentioning any by name, Carter suggested the U.S. has been the target of disingenuous criticism from “regional powers here in the Middle East” for not doing more to help fight extremism.
“I would ask you to imagine what U.S. military and defense leaders think when they have to listen to complaints sometimes that we should do more, when it’s plain to see that all too often, the ones complaining aren’t doing enough themselves,” he said.