Obama: ‘I’m Never Gonna Say Never’ to More Troops
President Barack Obama defended the increase in American troops to the fight against ISIS in Iraq, telling Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation that the troops would not be going into combat and would help increase coalition participation, but also refusing to say that this would form the ceiling of U.S. troop involvement.
“As Commander in Chief, I’m never gonna say never,” Obama said. “But what the commanders who presented the plan to me say is we may actually see fewer troops over time, because now we’re seeing coalition members starting to partner with us on the training and assist effort.”
Obama said that the new Iraqi government and successful airstrikes against ISIS had put the Iraqi troops in a better position to resist the Sunni militant group.
“Rather than just try to halt ISIL’s momentum, we’re now in a position to go on some offense,” Obama said. “The airstrikes have been very effective in degrading ISIL’s capabilities in slowing the advance that they’re making. Now what we need is Iraqi ground troops that can begin pushing them back.”
Watch the clip below, via CBS News:
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