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Rob Maness: Soldiers Being Sent to Iraq Are 'Combat' Troops

By    |   Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 12:55 PM

President Barack Obama's reference "to American combat forces as non-combat troops" in his speech detailing how the United States will fight the Islamic State (ISIS) is perplexing, Ret. Col. Rob Maness, a Republican Senate candidate from Louisiana, tells Newsmax TV.

"The men and women that are going to be shooting and taking rounds into their faces, risking their lives every day will know that they are in combat," Maness told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Thursday.

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Obama said in his address to the nation Wednesday night that "we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission — we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.

"It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil," he added.

Maness led combat missions during the Iraq War. He retired from the military in 2011.

"It's disappointing to hear the commander in chief talk in such a way for those that we are going to ask to risk their lives, to eliminate this enemy, and to talk in soft terms," said Maness, who is challenging Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu in the upcoming midterm elections.

"When you're discussing destroying an enemy and freedom in the United States, [it] is the wrong way for a commander in chief to present himself and to encourage the people of the nation," he said. "We have to rally around and support these forces for however long it may take to eliminate the threat." 

Maness contends that Obama will have to amend his strategy at some point.

"We have to have forces on the ground. He's going to have to amend it," he said. "He knows he's going to have to."

The retired Air Force colonel worked as a joint chiefs of staff operator in the National Military Command Center, which is located in the Pentagon, and he was on duty on Sept. 11, 2001, when it was struck by one of the airplanes hijacked by terrorists.

"It was the longest day of my military career. We were devastated that our headquarters had been successfully attacked," Maness told Newsmax. "I was also very proud to be part of a group of Americans, from uniform people to government civilians to citizens off the street, that responded and all came together for a common cause."

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President Barack Obama's reference "to American combat forces as non-combat troops" in his speech detailing how the United States will fight the Islamic State is perplexing, Ret. Col. Rob Maness, a Republican Senate candidate from Louisiana, tells Newsmax TV.
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