Friday, June 13, 2014

Obama Says He Will Decide on Military Support for Iraq in ‘Days Ahead’

Peter Baker, NYT

WASHINGTON — President Obama said Friday that he would make a decision “in the days ahead” about whether to use American military power to help the besieged Iraqi government stave off collapse at the hands of Islamist insurgents, but he ruled out using ground forces.

“This poses a danger to Iraq and its people and, given the nature of these terrorists, it could pose a threat eventually to American interests as well,” Mr. Obama said of the offensive now threatening Baghdad. “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.”

The president cautioned against expecting quick action, saying the planning would take “several days” to make sure any airstrikes were effective.

(More here.)


Blogger Tom Koch said...

"Al Qaeda's on the path to defeat, the war in Iraq is over." Barack Obama, November 1, 2012

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