Obama Answers Republican Calls To Return To War In Iraq With A Resounding No


During an update on the situation in Iraq, President Obama had a message for Republicans who are calling for a return to war. The president repeated that there is no U.S. military solution for Iraq’s problems.


The president said:

Over the past few days, American forces have successfully conducted targeted airstrikes to prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Erbil, and to protect American civilians there. Kurdish forces on the ground continue to defend their city, and we’ve stepped up military advice and assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces as they wage the fight against ISIL.

At the same time, we’ve continued our daily humanitarian efforts to provide life-saving assistance to the men, women and children stranded on Mount Sinjar, and deployed a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team to help. Some have begun to escape their perch on that mountain, and we’re working with international partners to develop options to bring them to safety. I want to thank in particular the United Kingdom, France, and other countries working with us to provide much needed assistance to the Iraqi people. And, meanwhile, our aircraft remain positioned to strike any terrorist forces around the mountain who threaten the safety of these families.

This advances the limited military objectives we’ve outlined in Iraq: protecting American citizens, providing advice and assistance to Iraqi forces as they battle these terrorists, and joining with international partners to provide humanitarian aid. But as I said when I authorized these operations, there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq. The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government — one that represents the legitimate interests of all Iraqis, and one that can unify the country’s fight against ISIL.

Today, Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort. Last month, the Iraqi people named a new President. Today, President Masum named a new Prime Minister designate, Dr. Haider al-Abadi. Under the Iraqi constitution, this is an important step towards forming a new government that can unite Iraq’s different communities….

President Obama squashed the Republican chorus that is calling for more U.S. military involvement in Iraq. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and other Republicans went on national television to call for a return to the war in Iraq as a matter of national security. Sen. Graham (R-SC) went so far as to claim that an American city would burn if Obama did not come with a stronger military response.

Obama’s answer was a firm restatement of his belief that there is no U.S. military solution in Iraq and that peace has to be arrived at through Iraqis coming together to solve their own problems. The failure of the Bush administration’s plan to spread democracy in the Middle East one war at a time proves that peace and democracy can only flourish when the majority decide that they are committed to these outcomes.

The ISIL threat grew out of the weakness of the Iraqi government. Terrorist groups flourish in nation’s with weak centralized governments. For Iraq to be strong, it must have a government that represents all of the people. Terror threats must be fought and dealt with, but the long-term battle within Iraq must be resolved by the Iraqi people. Obama delivered a strong message to the Republican warmongers that the United States will not be returning to with boots on the ground in Iraq.

19 Replies to “Obama Answers Republican Calls To Return To War In Iraq With A Resounding No”

  1. How do you suppose the nut-baggers would react is some of the men, women and children stranded on Mount Sinjar were brought to the U.S?

    Also, and too, remember that The War Hero John McCain wanted us to supply weapons to some Syria freedum fighters (i.e., ISIS).

    We did not do that (because the president asked a question that the nut-jobbers and their hack friends in the media could not answer) which was who were these freedum fighters (i.e., ISIS).

    The War Hero kept that bit of info a secret just like he would not tell anyone where bin Laden was hiding.

  2. This play has just begun. Maliki, bush and the neo-cons boy will not go gently into that good night.

    As for you Hillary, for once try to think instead of talking out of the side of your neck just to please the village

  3. You can say THAT again! Of course, that’s usually the case. Thank goodness we have a person with a brain calling the shots.

    Bravo, Mr. President!

  4. A united Iraq is a fantasy. Obama’s greatest folly has been (allegedly) believing that the GOP, and now the Shias, will eventually do the right thing. IS are animals – give them want they want: “martyrdom”, as quickly as possible. No boots on the ground, just every bomb and drone we can lay our hands on.

  5. It was pretty much united before the guy you wanted to have a beer with decided to avenge his daddy honor

  6. Thank you President Obama for carefully weighing all options before acting in Iraq.
    Unlike the previous cowboy in the White House, I appreciate the fact that you think before you act.

  7. One thing I admire about Pres. Obama is his ability to maintain his position on this issue in spite of the ankle biters who are constantly nipping at his heels. It is he who is listening to the American people. He knows a majority of us have had enough of war. His detractors, who never offer any viable solutions to any problem, aren’t listening to us. For them, it’s all about garnering attention, advancing their careers, and stirring sh*t up. One way to determine whether someone has principles is to watch how they function in the face of adversity. If they hold their position on a matter while being bombarded with conflicting opinions, they most likely have a firm belief in sticking to what they have said they will do.

  8. That’s right all you neocons, the answer is NO. Not occupying Iraq again. Not necessary. Drones can have quite an effect on operations. F 18’s and the occasional cruise missile help level the playing field.

  9. If the Iraqi government is unable to defend itself and maintain some semblance of stability — even after so many years of depending upon the “training wheels” of a substantive U.S. military presence, then what do McCain and his pro-incursion cohort expect us to do?

    Send hundreds of thousands of our troops — including reservists — back into Iraq indefinitely?

  10. We have to keep Republicans out of the White House! If we elect a Republican president, they would have us in WWIII, IV, and V!. How in God’s name can a group of people who claim to be pro-life are pro war, pro gun, and pro death penalty?

    I can see a Dick Cheney type instigating wars, but never participating in them.

  11. See, this is right way to take care of the issue. Everyone here knows that at some point in time, the Iraqis are going to have to stand on their own two feet and unite themselves for the greater good of the country.

    Having a new President and Prime Minister is a starting point. Hopefully, the people in charge will be a uniting force for the country in need of hope… our country can do what we can to help out in terms of aid and advice, but this is a fight they must win… ‘Until all are one’

  12. Republicans make me sick. A lot of them stand to make money from boots on the ground. After all none of their kids will be placed in harms way. Thank God we have a President that will only consider that as a last resort. And does look to profit from it.

  13. The country was united until your George “mission accomplished” Bush attacked a sovereign nation for no legitimate reason.

  14. Who supports our battles and yet starves our victories ? The Arms Dealers !!! Eternal strife is the essence of Hell. “NO Nation benefits from Protracted wars” – Sun Tzu. The “History” of Iraq (Mesopotamia)is replete with Dozens of civilizations soaking their ground with bloody genocides,Sacks, & battles. Will WE EVER LEARN ??!!!

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