Obama: No Ground Troops For Iraq

President Obama addressed the military in Tampa today.

"I want to be clear. The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission," Obama said.

"We will train and equip our partners. We will advise them and we will assist them. We will lead a broad coalition of countries who have a stake in this fight."

Also today, Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi ruled out foreign ground troops in Iraq. [More...]

"Not only is it not necessary," he said, "We don't want them. We won't allow them. Full stop."..."The only contribution the American forces or the international coalition is going to help us with is from the sky,"

He also said the U.S. will consult with Iraq on air strikes:

"We are not giving any blank check to the international coalition to hit any target in Iraq."...He said that the Iraqi military will choose and approve targets, and that the U.S. will not take action without consulting with Baghdad first.

Not surprisingly, he wants the U.S. to make a greater effort in Syria. He said Iraq won't fight Syria.

"We cannot afford to fight our neighbor, even if we disagree on many things," al-Abadi said. "This is our neighbor. We don't want to enter into problems with them. For us sovereignty of Syria is very important."

A House vote on arming the "moderate" Syrian rebels is expected this afternoon.

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    Pfffft! Except for title 50 (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Sep 17, 2014 at 02:23:10 PM EST
    A legal loophole that allows any administration to be 50% full of $hit about boots on the ground :)

    With those ground rules (none / 0) (#1)
    by jimakaPPJ on Wed Sep 17, 2014 at 01:57:21 PM EST
    we cannot win and shouldn't go in.

    He was down in Tampa meeting (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Sep 17, 2014 at 02:26:50 PM EST
    With CentCom and JSOC, he has special forces boots on the ground.  He just doesn't have to legally admit it Jim :).  This speech given in front of THAT group must have been terribly funny.  It's like they are all running psyops on us, one of the Tampa specialties :)