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  • "If We Build It, They Will Come"

    This is our new "strategy" ? The troops are being sent to a base between two ISIS strongholds? Can we say "targets of opportunity"?
    The Pentagon is ready to try what appears to be a "Field of Dreams" strategy in Iraq, hoping to entice Sunnis to join the fight against ISIS with an "If you build it, they will come" plan for a new military training site.
    Right now, the U.S. is training mostly Shiite fighters and Kurds, not Sunnis. To date, the Iraqi government has been unable to bring minority Sunnis back into the fold, after they were marginalized by the Shiite-led government.
    With President Obama authorizing up to 450 additional U.S. troops to help in the training effort, White House and Pentagon officials say a major goal will be to bring those Sunnis on board.
    But whether they can is an open question. And Republican lawmakers say the Obama administration still lacks a coherent strategy that can reverse ISIS gains.
    "I don't think 450 troops are going to make the difference," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told Fox News, while still calling Wednesday's announcement a "good start."
    At the Pentagon, spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters the 450 additional U.S. forces would be fully up and running in six-to-eight weeks. The new U.S. troops will go to Taqaddum Air Base in Anbar, in the city of Habbaniyah -- between Ramadi and Fallujah, both under ISIS control.
    A major goal, he said, is to "conduct outreach to Sunni tribes and Sunni militias and to begin bringing those [forces] into the fold."
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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    More likely a rock in the middle of a very large river...


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