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Evaluating U.S. military Advisers’ Role in Iraq

The Detroit News reports that “President Barack Obama’s announcement that he’s sending military advisers to Iraq raises questions — in some quarters, red flags — about whether that could mean a return to warfare under another name.”  

“Modern American history has examples of military advisers limiting themselves to just that job but being open-ended enough to put some Americans into the thick of battle, including examples of mission creep, most infamously in Vietnam.”  

“The U.S. will be evaluating over the next several weeks whether the advisers and reconnaissance flight are helping the political progress in Baghdad, the official said, as well as whether further military action is needed.”

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