The president who has boasted more than once that he “was elected to end wars, not start them,” is sending an addition 350 military personnel to Iraq.
In a furtherance of “hashtag diplomacy,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf tweeted on Tuesday night that President Barack Obama authorized the troops to be deployed “to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad.”
The White House released a statement saying “the president has made clear his commitment to doing whatever is required to provide the necessary security for U.S. personnel and facilities around the world,” according to CBS News.
The latest deployment will bring the number of U.S. troops in Iraq to strengthen diplomatic security to around 820, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told CBS News.
As the U.S. continues to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists with drone attacks, CBS News reported the Defense Department recommended the increase, adding that the additional troops will not be serving in a combat role.
A point reiterated by Harf in a tweet:
.@PressSec: These additional forces will not serve in a combat role.
— Marie Harf (@marieharf) September 3, 2014
With such an inviting opportunity, Twitter users were quick to respond with a heavy dose of snark:
— BT (@back_ttys) September 3, 2014
— VaPeach22 (@VApeach22) September 3, 2014
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) September 3, 2014
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