In his weekly address today, President Obama addressed his decision to authorize both humanitarian aid and airstrikes in Iraq to fight back against ISIS. But the president wanted to make it clear that whatever the U.S. may be doing at this point, he does not want the United States to get dragged into another war in Iraq under his watch.
Obama said he doesn’t believe the United States should intervene in every single world crisis, but in this specific instance, “when countless innocent people are facing a massacre, and when we have the ability to help prevent it, the United States cannot just look away.”
And earlier this week the president ruled out combat troops, so today he further elaborated on what he does not want this situation to devolve into.
“As Commander-in-Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq. American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis there.”
Watch the president’s address below:
[h/t The Guardian]
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