Military personnel in Iraq and Syria aren’t eligible for certain military medals because th Obama administration will not call our fight against ISIS a military campaign. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger)
With 1,600 military “advisers” on the ground in Iraq, 2,300 of our troops being deployed to the Middle East as a “special purpose marine air ground task force,” and ongoing airstrikes being conducted in Iraq and Syria against ISIS’s jihadist army, it is absolutely stunning that our military personnel are NOT eligible for certain military medals.
Why? Because the Obama administration refuses to call our fight against ISIS terror a military campaign.
It’s not only outrageous; it’s insulting to the brave men and women our commander-in-chief has put in harm’s way, has sent into a war zone, to defend freedom.
Make no mistake; ISIS is at war with America. They are slaughtering Christians. They have amassed huge wealth and sophisticated weapons. They are a jihadist army.
To tell those who we’ve tasked with defeating them – and President Obama told the American people that’s what we are going to do – that they can’t receive commendation medals in this fight is preposterous.
As The Hill reports:
“[Our service members in Iraq] cannot receive the Iraq Campaign Medal, which is reserved for troops deployed between March 19, 2003, and Dec. 31, 2011, defense officials say. Nor are they eligible for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary or Service medals, which are only awarded to troops supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, originating with the 2001 Afghanistan War.
Written by Matthew Clark
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