In 2013, President Obama made a promise not to put any American boots on the ground in Syria. As the president wraps up his last five months in office, will Syria prove to hurt his legacy?
The conflict in Syria has proven to be anything but elementary. The conflict appears to be more of a laboratory test to determine what is the most effective way to cease the turmoil that impacts this region. The answer is not simple, as our administration must balance its relationship with the United Nations with our own political objectives. The majority of Americans disapprove of leaving a large footprint in Syria. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have taxed our country in numerous ways. Getting tied up in a seemily irresolvable battle will perhaps be too hard for Americans to swallow.
President Barack Obama supplemented the U.S. presence in Syria by deploying an additional 250 personnel, bringing the total to 300. He said this augmentation would help drive out the Islamic State terrorist group.
“A small number of U.S. special operations forces are already on the ground in Syria,” he said. “Their expertise has been critical as local forces have been driving ISIL out of key areas. So, given the success, I have approved the deployment of up to 250 additional U.S. personnel in Syria, including Special Forces, to keep up this momentum.”
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