Obama sends US forces to protect Jordan, bypasses Congress to fund Iraq

U.S. borders, U.S. embassies and consulates – fugettaboutit. Protecting the ummah, from itself, done. via Panetta: US sends forces to Jordan – Yahoo! News.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country’s military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday.

Speaking at a NATO conference of defense ministers in Brussels, Panetta said the U.S. has been working with Jordan to monitor chemical and biological weapons sites in Syria and also to help Jordan deal with refugees pouring over the border from Syria. The troops are also building a headquarters for themselves.

But the revelation of U.S. military personnel so close to the 19-month-old Syrian conflict suggests an escalation in the U.S. military involvement in the conflict, even as Washington pushes back on any suggestion of a direct intervention in Syria.

It also follows several days of shelling between Turkey and Syria, an indication that the civil war could spill across Syria’s borders and become a regional conflict.

“We have a group of our forces there working to help build a headquarters there and to insure that we make the relationship between the United States and Jordan a strong one so that we can deal with all the possible consequences of what’s happening in Syria,” Panetta said.

The development comes with the U.S. presidential election less than a month away, and at a time when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, has been criticizing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, accusing the administration of embracing too passive a stance in the convulsive Mideast region.

Congress? What Congress. via Pentagon finds funding to continue Iraq training – KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon says it will be able to fund the training of Iraqi security forces for the next 90 days, even though Congress did not include money for the program in its temporary budget resolution that took effect Monday.

Pentagon press secretary George Little says $1.7 million will be used from a special combatant commanders initiative fund to continue the training. Officials say there are roughly 160 military personnel doing the training in Iraq.

The money will also allow the U.S. to continue a separate program that trains Iraq’s counterterrorism forces.

The funding is a temporary solution while officials seek a longer term fix in the 2013 budget bill.

Congress has left Washington until after the election. Lawmakers were only able to pass a six-month stopgap spending measure.

What’s that? You didn’t hear anything in the U.S. media about Obama sending troops to yet another country nor the bi-partisan budget resolution – an absolute gift by so-called “conservatives” including Paul Ryan to a failed president during the most critical point in the election. 

15 Responses

  1. Authority?? He don’t need no stinking AUTHORITY to do anything…he just does it and congress be damned. This P R I C K has got to go!!

  2. China & Russia will be sending troops to aid the Syrian Government, is this just a prelude to WWIII? One mis step and it just may happen. All obozo is doing is to inflame the crisis in the middle east. Thanks to what obozo has done the United States military, all branches, no longer belongs to the United States. It now belongs to NATO & the UN. obama should be brought up on charges of treason and given capital punishment. All those involved in helping obozo do all this need to have the same done to them.

  3. [...] 11, 2012 by creeping U.S. borders, U.S. embassies and consulates – fugettaboutit. Protecting the ummah, from itself, [...]

  4. The Socialists in the Democratic Party and their European Socialists cohorts in NATO are conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood to overthrow Assad and install a Muslim Brotherhood government in Syria in order to increase the threat to Israel, which they plan to continue to use after the elections, if possible, to force israel to capitulate to the demands the Socialists in the Democratic Party share with the Muslim terrorists. The Socialists tried to use NATO troops in the very beginning but backed off because of the fear of causing a larger war with Russia and China and were forced to settle with using the Muslim terrorists to violently overthrow Assad. As circumstances dictated they now feel that they can get away with entering through Jordan. The Socialists are causing the USA to fulfill Rev 18:24, which foretold that Babylon the great, which Jesus revealed to me is the USA, would become responsible for all who are slain on the earth.
    Rev 18:24 “And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”

  5. Hey! The Little King is our buddy…right?

  6. They call it MUSLIM COUSINS HELPING OTHER MUSLIM COUSINS. The only difference is that instead of MUSLIM TROOPS GOING IT IS OUR CHRISTIAN TROOPS BEING SENT TO PROTECT THE VERY GROUP OF SLIME THAT VOWS OUR DEMISE. LOCK AND LOAD.

  7. Western Nations must shut down all Mosque now, all cultural centers and anything remotely connected to Islamic Shariah Law..

    • dannyboy88. It is said ,than done. It can ONLY be done when we have Lefties and Left -wingers. commi and our jungle bunny in W.H are destroyed for good, until then there is no chance,

  8. Conservatives have been bitching about the Obama Administrations’ failure to act in the Middle East, and when it does, they bitch about sending troops to Jordan. Congress didn’t have to provide additional funds for this action….it came out of the existing Defense budget.

    • Define conservative and define who is bitching and about what.

      If you are referring to the failure in Libya (which is in Africa), what does that have to do with Jordan?

      Furthermore, the article states:

      “The United States has sent military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to bolster that country’s military capabilities…”

      Where in our Constitution or the Defense Budget does it call for taxpayer dollars to bolster any country’s military capabilities?

      All Americans should be bitching.

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  11. [...] defend itself from Hamas attacks so why can’t Turkey defend itself? Meanwhile, the U.S. has troops in Jordan, now Turkey, some “non-combat” contingent in Iraq and who knows what in Saudi Arabia [...]

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