Obama Announces His Opposition To Sending US Ground Troops To Fight ISIL

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During a brief statement at the White House, President Obama made it clear that he has no interest in sending US ground troops to the Middle East to fight ISIL.

President Obama outlined the successes in the campaign to destroy ISIL, and then explained what his request for a use of force authorization does not do.

The president said:

The resolution we’ve submitted does not call for the deployment of US ground combat forces to Iraq or Syria. It is not the authorization of another ground war like Afghanistan or Iraq. The 2,600 American troops in Iraq today largely serve on basis, and yes, they face the risks that come with service in any dangerous environment, but they do not have a combat mission. They are focused on training Iraqi forces, including Kurdish forces, and as I’ve said before I’m convinced that the United States should not get dragged back into another prolonged ground war in the Middle East. It is not national security interests, and it’s not necessary to defeat ISIL. Local forces on the ground who know their countries best are best positioned to take the ground fight to ISIL and that’s what they’re doing.

The president promised that as Commander In Chief he would only send our troops into harm’s way when it is absolutely necessary for our national security. Obama explained why he wanted to repeal the 2002 authorization of force because he does not believe in an endless war.

Congressional Democrats have expressed concerns about some of the vague language in the proposed authorization that the President sent to Congress while Republicans are angry that the authorization limits the use of ground troops. Congressional Republicans have immediately slipped back into their failed Bush foreign policy mindsets by calling for American boots on the ground against ISIL.

The president made it very clear that he does not believe that the US should send combat troops back to the Middle East. Obama’s comments appear designed to ease the concerns of some Democrats. The American people are tired of war, and President Obama’s remarks should quiet some of the fears on the left that US combat troops will be deployed again to the Middle East.

14 Replies to “Obama Announces His Opposition To Sending US Ground Troops To Fight ISIL”

  1. This is yet more clarity that this president has ended the Cold War era of US imperialism. This is how it should be – support for the decisions made by those nations impacted by any event or group about their own course of action. We can take sides and offer support – we cannot impose our will and direction or demand submission to us anywhere in the world.

  2. I have to admit that I was one of those on the left who was going, what? This does alleviate some of my concerns, it is the right thing to do.

    I am so concerned that Republicans are going to find a way to cheat themselves into the majority again, and that will be very bad for the country, and indeed the world, if they do.

    The right-wing is full of dangerous, warmongering, bats**t crazy people, they are clearly not fit to lead.

  3. The Kurds are dying to be our ground troops they can do the job for us, and the Arab nations are finally mad enough to do something for their own benefit. THEY ARE MAD ENOUGH NOW LET US SEE IF THEY ARE MAN ENOUGH

  4. Hey I give Obama props for this but lets get REAL!! the GOP will go full force cry baby over this! because ANYTHING, I mean ANYTHING! Obama tries to do, they’ll be 100% against it!! I can see john mccain & his girlfriend lindsey graham screaming already!! I’m so G.D. sick of this nonsense! it’s a juvenile, pathetic, idiotic move from a supposedly MAJOR political party!! the GOP is a JOKE!! but whats even more sickening than the club for rich, old white guy fascist is, about 15 to 20% of the country buys that garbage!! BTW didn’t Eisenhower warn us about the military industrial complex??? DAMN!! do we EVER learn from history???!!!

  5. LOL get real! if the military industrial complex wants to go into their WAR FOR PROFIT routine which is been going on since WW1, not Obama or any other president will stop them!! The last president with ANY balls to challenge the military industrial complex was Kennedy!! and we all know what happened to him in Dallas!! just ask george bush sr. he knows!!

  6. The fact remains we cannot win these wars. The Taliban will still be there when Americans finally leave Afghanistan. This newest group is not an army to be defeated, it Is an idea and ideas cannot be defeated. These groups learned from Reagan Americans can be beaten and from Bush the US can be manipulate

  7. Eisenhower was a progressive republican and the tea bag/repubs of today don’t worship him like they do with Reagun and Dumya, wonder why…

  8. Actually, repealing Public Law 107-243 doesn’t mean much. The 2002 AUMF was based on the threat posed by Saddam’s regime and enforcing Iraq’s compliance with the Gulf War ceasefire UN Security Council resolutions for Iraq. Saddam’s regime is gone and the UNSC determined in 2010 that Iraq was compliant with the UNSCRs.

    Notice that President Obama didn’t say anything about repealing the US-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, nor did he place an end-date on the SOFA that Obama signed with Iraq last year.

    The anti-ISIS campaign is being conducted with post-Saddam Iraq as an ally, not against Iraq as a threat. Nor is the anti-ISIS campaign enforcing Iraq’s compliance with UNSCRs. Basically, US forces will be acting in the same role with Iraqi forces that was envisioned for the residual US force had it stayed behind in Iraq in 2011.

  9. I’m tired of hearing that. The military industry does not, in fact, run this country. President Obama said no to ground troops, no to another fruitless, nonsensical war, and Boeing does not have the authority or the reach to overrule the President of the United States. I appreciate what you are saying but it simply is not true. The public has turned against McCain and his cohorts and their war drums. America does not want to go to war against ISIL or Iran or Russia. Nothing the military industrial complex wants is going to overturn the will of the President. All the MIC can do is lobby their favorite neocon Members of Congress but Americans don’t want to go to war so they are wasting their lobbying funds on this.

  10. you know what obama is coward and useless and you say americans do not want to go war ok but do not cry when we see worse than 11/09 happen again Obama takes usa down and Americans help him because they think just to get money and jobs but believe me is isis get more stronger they will take our freedom and destroy USA and the whole world and let americans be happy about this scary result

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