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Letter: Battle detail in press may backfire

In this June 20, 2014 file photo, Kurdish

In this June 20, 2014 file photo, Kurdish peshmerga fighters takes their positions behind sand barriers at the village of Taza Khormato in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq to fight the Islamic State militant group. Credit: AP

President Barack Obama has announced that United States will use air power to help Iraqi forces fight the Islamic State group, along with training Iraqis, but we won't place "boots on the ground" ["Obama and his generals," News, Sept. 21]. The Islamic State group now knows what's coming.

The only reason I can see for Obama's announcement is his concern that Americans may not be in favor of sending troops to fight.

It reminds me of Gen. George Patton's fake army stationed in England on June 6, 1944. He and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower created dummy trucks, inflatable tanks and the looks of an army camp. The ruse was a success, as the Germans were sure the United States would not invade Europe without Patton.

Obama should use deception, too. He has made a political decision, but not a wise military decision.

Anthony Di Donato, East Northport