Odierno says he'd recommend embedding US advisers in Iraq in the next few months if trendlines don't get better soon. http://t.co/fi8bApJYhY— Gordon Lubold (@glubold) August 13, 2015
Not great, Bob.... Why?
- Anybody remember those green on blue attacks? How would we guarantee that the Iraqis that the US would be training would not harm the trainers?
- What happens if an Iraqi unit with Americans embedded was at risk of being overrun? Anticipating that, the US would have to deploy a Quick Reaction Force [QRF] or three to be ready to extract the Americans. Which would also mean helicopters and other assets. Which would increase the size of the force, the costs associated in both blood and treasure and the political responsibility back home.