President Obama: US Will Not Send Troops to Iraq, Considering Other Options

No good options

In a statement this morning, President Obama said he will not be sending US troops to Iraq, but did not rule out other types of military action such as airstrikes.

Speaking just before leaving for North Dakota, Obama told reporters that Iraqi leaders would have to reach a political solution to the sectarian divide in their country by making compromises with their opponents.

“We can’t do it for them,” the president said, repeating the same phrase a few minutes later.

The insurgent group, which calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), “poses a danger to Iraq and its people,” Obama said. “And given the nature of these terrorists, it could pose a threat, eventually, to American interests as well.”

Obama said the insurgents’ recent gains should serve as “a wake-up call” to the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and he cautioned that he would not exercise any military option until Iraq’s leaders demonstrated their commitment to bridging differences between sectarian groups.

In other news, the Pentagon is reportedly moving the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush into the Persian Gulf.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Recent PagesClick to refresh
GOP Blocks Probes Into Trump-Russia Ties Suspicion is mounting about Donald Trump’s ties to Russian officials and business interests, as well as possible links between his campaign and the Russian hacking of U.S. political organizations. But GOP leaders have refused to support efforts by Democrats ...
Thanos
1 hour, 34 minutes ago
Views: 74 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Jewish Leaders React to Rodrigo Duterte Holocaust Remarks Jewish leaders have reacted angrily after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte compared his anti-drug campaign to the Holocaust. The comment - wrongly citing numbers killed by the Nazis - was inhumane and deeply offensive, they said. Mr Duterte said he ...
Thanos
3 hours, 29 minutes ago
Views: 71 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Rosetta Spacecraft Collides With Comet, as Planned After more than a decade of roaming tirelessly across the solar system, the comet-watching Rosetta spacecraft has gone to its eternal rest at last. In a deliberate act of self-sacrifice, Rosetta plowed into the surface of comet 67P at ...
Thanos
3 hours, 40 minutes ago
Views: 75 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
What Meerkat Murder Tells Us About Human Violence Here are the 30 mammal species most likely to kill their own kind. #1 might surprise you. https://t.co/qdprrwBjvl pic.twitter.com/vB0e6NjdbZ — Ed Yong (@edyong209) September 28, 2016 ReplyReply w/ QuoteImages A new study of violent behavior in more than 1,000 ...
Thanos
4 hours, 26 minutes ago
Views: 72 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
SPLC: United States Crime Rates Still at Historic Lows MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The following statement regarding the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program’s annual Crime in the United States report, released September 26, 2016, is from Lisa Graybill, deputy legal director at the Southern Poverty Law Center. "The FBI’s ...
Birth Control Works
20 hours, 10 minutes ago
Views: 108 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Advice She Didn’t Ask For"Save us from fascism but don't be a bitch about it." Thanks for weighing in, but it looks like Hillary Clinton is doing just fine without the help of body language experts. Watch Full Frontal with Samantha Bee next week ...
Thanos
1 day ago
Views: 176 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
Actual Scientific Polls Show Big Win for Hillary Clinton in First Debate The consensus is in: viewers overwhelmingly thought Hillary Clinton was the winner of the first presidential debate. Four polls — from CNN/ORC, Politico/Morning Consult, NBC/SurveyMonkey, and Public Policy Polling — all showed that respondents felt Clinton bested Donald Trump ...
Thanos
1 day ago
Views: 399 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Senate Update: Races for the Senate and White House Are Moving in Near Lockstep The senate races are so important this cycle, even if Hillary wins she faces an impossible task and we face 4-8 more years of pure obstructionism from the GOP if they hang on to the Senate. Democrats are still ...
Thanos
1 day ago
Views: 245 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
America’s Biggest Food Companies Support Hillary Clinton, With One Glaring Exception If you were an exec at a big corporation that mass-produces food or farm chemicals, who would you rather see prevail in November's presidential election? To get an idea of where Big Food and Ag stand on the 2016 ...
Birth Control Works
1 day, 5 hours ago
Views: 288 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Want to Reduce Crime in America? Try Giving Kids Better Food. In 2015, the Guardian published a list of 24 ways to reduce crime in the most violent cities in the world. Suggestions included avoiding repressive policies, moving the focus away from poverty and putting the focus more on gun ...
Birth Control Works
1 day, 5 hours ago
Views: 193 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0