In a major reversal for the US military, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Pentagon will begin "direct action on the ground" in Iraq and Syria, in an effort to the combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group.But speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Carter indicated that not only would be US forces be deployed in Iraq to fight the terrorist group, but also in Syria.
Senior national security advisers to US President Barack Obama have recommended measures that would put a number of Special Operations forces on the ground in Syria and expand military involvement in Iraq.
The debate over the proposed options reflects growing White House frustration with the failing campaign against Daesh (ISIL), The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
The Pentagon chief, Carter, and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are scheduled to discuss the options on Tuesday when they testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
While the troubling implications for the economy from this startling increase are self-evident, and have been extensively discussed both here and elsewhere (and are among the key factors pushing both the US and global economy into secular stagnation), a just as important question is why are increasingly more young adults still living at home.