Obama: No ground troops in Iraq… – VIDEO


 OBAMA: “We Will Not Be Sending U.S. Troops Back Into Combat In Iraq” (VIDEO)

Despite the rising influence of a militant group of Islamic extremists in Iraq known as ISIS (the Islamic State In Iraq and Syria), President Obama said in a press conference Friday on the White House south lawn that he will not be sending American troops “back into combat,” in Iraq.

Saying that the Iraqi government needed “additional support to break the momentum” of ISIS, the President said;

“We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my National Security Team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq’s security forces, and I’ll be reviewing those options in the days ahead.”

Saying that the situation in Iraq should be a “wake-up call,” for Iraq’s leaders, Obama lectured the current government for not making the most of U.S. support to date, adding;

“…Unfortunately, Iraqi leaders have been unable to overcome, too often, the mistrust and sectarian differences that have long been simmering there. And that’s created vulnerabilities within the Iraqi government, as well as their security forces… Ultimately it’s up to Iraqis as a sovereign nation to solve their problems.”

Politico reports that Democratic officials are lining up to support the President’s pragmatic approach to the tense and complex situation in the region, with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) tweeting on Friday morning;

“What is happening in Iraq now is awful, but it is a consequence of our invasion, not our withdrawal.”

On Thursday, California Senator Barbara Boxer (D) issued a statement saying

“Some of the biggest GOP cheerleaders for the disastrous war in Iraq are now joining the blame-America-first crowd rather than working with our commander-in-chief to confront this crisis.”

Watch the entire press conference via The White House




Leave a Reply

Notify of