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The Real Reason Trump Sent Three Thousand More Troops Overseas. Why that number?

VOICES-As many of us know, the conflict with Iran has been rapidly escalating.

Most recently, following the assassination of their top General Qasem Soleimani, Iran retaliated by launching rockets at two U.S. bases in Iraq. 

Of course, before their retaliation we had sent three thousand more troops to the region in what one might assume is preparation for more conflict to come. 

But as we prepare for the devastating war that potentially lies ahead, we must begin to ask ourselves the question that so few people in the mainstream media have asked. Probably, I would assume, because they already know the answer. 

Three thousand more troops. Three thousand more men and women being sent to a place where it has been made clear they are not welcome. 

Three thousand is certainly not enough to invade, so we know that is not the intention. Then, what purpose does their presence serve in an area with so much heightened tension? Surely, no one would believe that having our boots on the ground in that region would lessen the hostilities? 

The answer is as upsetting as it is obvious. 

They’re not there to deter Iran from doing anything. They’re being sent there to goad Iran in to attacking them. An attack that results in death of U.S. troops is exactly what those looking for war with Iran want, as it would make it far easier for them to make their case that invasion or proxy war is necessary. 

Those three thousand men and women aren’t being sent to serve their country. These troops are being sent to be sitting ducks so that the oil industry and military industrial complex will get the war they’ve long awaited, once something almost inevitably happens that leads to the harm of our service members. (Read the rest)  

 

(Lauren Martinchek is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx) Prepped for CityWatch by Linda Abrams.