The Washington Post has a long article on President Obama’s attitude toward military action. This issue is especially important because “the president faces mounting pressure to send more troops to Iraq to help in the battle against Islamic State extremists,” as reporter Greg Jaffe puts it. The administration officials that Jaffe spoke to have an interesting explanation for the president’s reluctance to intervene further in Iraq. It’s all about the troops.
Jaffe’s piece begins with a dramatic tale from 2012 regarding the president’s meeting with a mortuary affairs team in Afghanistan, an experience, we are told, that was part of his growing reluctance to sacrifice American lives abroad:
The popularity of Clint Eastwood’s new drama ‘American Sniper’ has boosted the sales of pro-military clothing. A number of pro-military retailers said they had seen a noticeable spike in sales since the movie premiered across the country last weekend. One retailer had even seen his orders more than double.