According to reports radical Islamists have pushed forward in Iraq with Baghdad being eyed next. The United States is looking for ways to stop the militants from closing in on the capital city, but with few troops on the ground, it is very likely that the Baghdad will fall.
As Iraq further disintegrates and residents flee Mosul in droves, militants have captured the country's second-largest city this week after soldiers have left their weapons behind and fled their posts leaving the country open to further occupation.
A CNN report quotes a senior Obama administration official Friday saying that Barack Obama has not yet made a decision on whether to act on any military options, but a decision by the president could come as early as this weekend, in between our fearless leader's frequent naps and countless holes of golf.
Jay Carney, the White House spokesman said Thursday that "airstrikes are among the options on the table". But there will be no repeat of a large U.S. troop presence on Iraqi soil.
"We are not contemplating ground troops," Carney said. "I want to be clear about that."
U.S. officials have also discussed sending more arms, equipment and intelligence information to help Iraq and its military, at least the ones who have not left their posts.
In my opinion, U.S. ground troops will be returning to Iraq and soon. They should be guarding our southern border, preventing the influx of illegal aliens but that's another story altogether.
So the question I'm left with is how many more Americans will die in Iraq?