President Obama Announces That the U.S. Won’t Be Sending Combat Troops Back Into Iraq


President Obama announced today that, while the U.S. is willing to do their part to help deal with a terrorist insurgency, he will not be sending combat troops back to Iraq.


The president said:

Over the last couple of days, we’ve seen significant gains by the ISIL terrorist organization that operates in both Iraq and Syria. In the face of a terrorist offensive, Iraqi security forces have proven unable to defend a number of cities, which has allowed the terrorists to overrun part of Iraq’s territory, and 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.

Now, this threat is not brand new. Over the last year, we’ve been steadily ramping up our security assistance to the Iraqi government with increased training, equipping, and intelligence. Now, Iraq needs additional support to break the momentum of extremist groups and bolster the capabilities of Iraqi security forces. We will not be sending U.S. combat troops back into 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.

Obama’s position on helping Iraq was summed up with one sentence, “We can’t do it for them.” He added, “The United States will do our part, but understand that ultimately it’s up to the Iraqis as a sovereign nation to solve their problems.”

President Obama was correct. This isn’t something that the United States can do for Iraq. The problems in Iraq are best summed up by a report from The Guardian, “Two divisions of Iraqi soldiers – roughly 30,000 men – simply turned and ran in the face of an assault by an insurgent force of just 800 fighters. Isis extremists roamed freely on Wednesday through the streets of Mosul, openly surprised at the ease with which they took Iraq’s second largest city after three days of sporadic fighting.”

If the Iraqi security forces aren’t willing to fight when they have an overwhelming advantage, there isn’t much that the United States, or anyone else can do for the Iraqi government. The security situation in Iraq that was constructed by the Bush administration was always a house of cards. Since the U.S. invasion, there have always been issues with Iraqi security forces not wanting to fight.

None of this is new. The difference is that Republicans have long held the position that the United States should never have taken our combat troops out. Under a Republican president, U.S. troops would still be fighting and dying for some people who don’t want to take responsibility for their own national security.

Recent events are demonstrating why it was a good idea for the United States to get the combat troops out of Iraq. The Bush doctrine has been a total failure, and Obama is doing the right thing by making the Iraqis stand on their o

32 Replies to “President Obama Announces That the U.S. Won’t Be Sending Combat Troops Back Into Iraq”

  1. “Two divisions of Iraqi soldiers – roughly 30,000 men – simply turned and ran in the face of an assault by an insurgent force of just 800 fighters. Isis extremists roamed freely on Wednesday through the streets of Mosul, openly surprised at the ease with which they took Iraq’s second largest city after three days of sporadic fighting.”
    I guess 25 billion dollars don’t go far in setting up a army nowadays.

  2. Lindsey is wetting his panties again

    “To the American people, I know you’re war-weary, I know you’re tired of dealing with the Mideast,” he said. “But the people that are moving into Iraq and holding ground in Syria have as part of their agenda not only to drive us out of the Mideast, but to hit our homeland.”

    Will they be coming in Balsa wood airplanes leaving mushroom clouds in their wake?

    Please just STFU

  3. Good no more unnecessary War and deaths, we should have never been there in the first place, its time for the Iraqis to fight there own battle and defend there country.

  4. There he goes again. Ramping it up just one more time and then we’re off to our adventure in world conquest.

    When you start out using the words “I know you’re war-weary” the game is lost.

  5. Let’s have a new rule for pundits and politicians who want to offer their expert advice on Iraq

    Rule: where available, all 2014 Iraq punditry must be accompanied by link(s) to the author’s 2002/3 Iraq punditry.
    — @poniewozik

  6. Let us not forget that Romney said he would shape events in the middle east, he would not allow events there to shape his policy.

    If he were elected there would be nothing remotely resembling freedom in Iraq. We would be at war with Iran and Syria and spending every penny we have to pay for it.

    I hate war, but this is what we pay billions per airplane to build them. Get them before they reach baghdad

  7. I still think Joe Biden had it right way back when he said we should help them divide their country. The Sunni and Shia are never going to get along, so why not give them each their own country? Makes more sense than this messy, messy stuff going on in Syria and Iraq that continues to waste lives and dollars.

  8. “…a house of cards…..”

    Yep, this is something Frank Underwood would most likely plan.

    With his thick Southern accent, he would have gleefully explained it to us.

  9. Three in Four Americans Back Obama on Iraq Withdrawal

    Republicans more likely to disapprove than approve

    Americans widely support President Obama’s recent decision to withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year, with 75% approving. That includes the vast majority of Democrats and independents. Republicans, however, are slightly more likely to disapprove than approve.

  10. That’s why it’s so important to come out to vote in November and in 2016. If Republicans get their hands on anymore power, our sons and daughters would be on their way back to Iraq yesterday……

  11. That’s why Democrats need to hammer them with this issue among others. Give a person a reason to vote so the naderites and the emos wont be able to claim they are all alike. Like in 2000 and you se what that led us to

  12. The corporate gasbags have spoken and first the blame will go on too the President with calls for more war’
    The line up
    Meet the Press (NBC): 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney
    Face The Nation (CBS): Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); RNC Chair Reince Priebus; Proposition 8 opponents Ted Olson and David Boies. Roundtable: Robert Costa (Washington Post), Gwen Ifill (PBS) and Nancy Cordes (CBS News)

    This Week (ABC): House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); former Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli; retired Marine Corps Col. Steve Ganyard. Roundtable: Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, radio host Laura Ingraham and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol

    State of the Union (CNN): Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)

    Sorry faux no can do for you

  13. Romney is out there bashing Obamas foreign policy.

    I think he prefers his own during Viet Nam, head out of town and stay in France for the duration and avoid the draft.

    Then again, he has 4 grown sons perhaps they will do the right thing and join the military instead of getting richer by the day.

  14. “Will they be coming in Balsa wood airplanes leaving mushroom clouds in their wake?”

    No. They will come across the southern border, or enter with student visas. And the attacks will be more traditional terror attacks (bombings, mass shootings). Israel will get it worse. At least, this is according to ISIL’s stated plans, after they consolidate their hold on Iraq. So far, nothing has even slowed them down. We’ll get to see if ISIL is as good as their word. Let’s hope not.

  15. Well lets stop all white males because we do know they have committed more terrorist acts than Moslems in the US. BTW, they have a sale on duct tape and plastic at Home Depot

  16. The invasion of their country was illegal the first time. Let’s not do it again. Though I doubt our troops are eager to fight, having been informed that they ‘aren’t worth the cost.’

    Kind of take that personally….

  17. ROTF. I can’t believe you got some down votes on damned facts. Shows how messed up the GOP is and how they blindly follow Fox and crew. They want to call us sheep, and don’t notice that they are lemmings, at least sheep won’t blindly follow over a cliff.

  18. not only that but it was a bilateral agreement to withdraw all US Troops by Dec-2011 something the GOP forgot, they will never agree with anything O does or proposes even if he cures cancer.

  19. What is obama waiting for? Why is he going to wait a few days? Nobody is saying that we need to invade again but he could at least hit these terrorist with drones or air strikes. We as a country, not just Bush and including Obama, made promises to those people that we would back them up. Shame on you poster’s who have cheered on this development. You are in such a hurry to have some example of a failed war just for political reasons. That is sick. Please think this through. We have the largest embassy in the world, right there in Bagdad with thousands of Americans and allies. Plus thousands more American civilians in Iraq. How do we even begin to evacuate all those people? And what would that do to our standing with the rest of the world?

  20. Back in 2003 we told you what would happen. You said Sunni and Shia what’s the difference they are the same. We told you be prepared to occupy the country and it would be expensive. You said no, Iraqi oil would pay for it and it would take 6 months at the most. Which when that ended it was another six months and it added up to 8 years. We were always right . You were always wrong. And now you want to suck us back in a Islamic Civil war where the government don’t even want o fight for their own country? You are stuck on stupid and if you feel that strongly take your ass over there and while you at take the rest of the blood gurgling sociopaths with you.

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