US President Barack Obama has ruled out sending American troops “back into combat” in Iraq to help fight the growing threat of al-Qaeda-inspired Takfiri militants in that country.
“We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq,” Obama said on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, with his Marine One helicopter seen in the background.
“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,” the president added.
Obama further stressed that “ultimately it’s up to Iraqis to solve their problems,” acknowledging that military help from the United States won’t make much of a difference.
Unnamed US officials on Friday said the White House is “urgently and expediently” considering military action to halt the rapid advance of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Extremist militants from ISIL have reportedly captured two provincial capitals this week, namely Tikrit in Salahuddin Province and Iraq’s second city of Mosul in the northern province of Nineveh.
Over the past days, Iraqi armed forces have been engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists, who have threatened to capture other Iraqi cities, including the capital, Baghdad.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has recently said authorities will arm citizens in Nineveh and other regions to fight militants.
Obama confirmed that the troubles in Iraq were spilling over from Syria and “given the nature of these terrorists, it could pose a threat eventually to American interests as well.”
The US and its allies are supporting the foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria to overthrow the elected government of President Bashar al-Assad. The US has recently started supplying the militants with arms.
Obama also noted that his country “is not simply going to involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis.”
“People should not anticipate this is something that is going to happen overnight,” he said. “We want to make sure that we have good eyes on the situation there. We want to make sure we’ve gathered all the intelligence that is necessary so that if I do order action” it will be precise and direct.
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““We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq,” Obama said on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday, with his Marine One helicopter seen in the background.”
This guy doesn’t even care about the words coming out his mouth anymore. I don’t think he even knows what he’s saying. He’s probably just repeating the voice in his hidden earpiece.
Voice: “Tell them, we will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq”.
Barry: “We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq.”
Hey Barry, go to the blackboard and write a hundred times,
“I will not tell a lie.”
Actually, I still don’t think that will help you. Go to the principals office for a good tasing.
This entire thing gets so confusing…NATO arming both sides? Now Iran helping the current government of Iraq? Dear Lord its just keeps getting crazier and crazier
My Fellow Patriots:
From Ocrapo’s Speech:
“….. READ MY LIPS!,… you can KEEP your doctor!,… you can keep your firearms!,… you can keep your Bill Of Rights!,…. we will not send troops into Iraq for the International Banskters,… again!….”
Hhmmmmm,.. strange,.. for some reason,…. whether its the vibes,.. or universal karma,… I get the feeling,…. HE’S FULL OF SHIT!,…. AGAIN!
JD – US Marines – Barry Sotoro,.. living proof that a feculent pile of excrement can be called President.
“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
The Dems have already been turning against the lame duck president for awhile now.