Obama Lays Out One Scenario That Would Require Ground Troops Against ISIS

President Barack Obama has long insisted that he has no intention of sending group troops into Iraq or Syria to help eliminate ISIS. But he has also said that as Commander-in-chief, he will not take anything off the table. During a press conference in Australia this weekend, Obama laid out one particularly scary scenario that would prompt him to order combat boots on the ground.

“There are always circumstances in which the United States might need to deploy U.S. ground troops,” he said. “If we discover that ISIL had gotten possession of a nuclear weapon and we had to run an operation to get it out of their hands, then yes, you can anticipate that not only would Chairman Dempsey recommend me sending U.S. ground troops to get that weapon out of their hands, but I would order it.”

Earlier this month, President Obama authorized the deployment of 1,500 additional U.S. troops in Iraq, but said they would act as “advisers” to the Iraqi Army and would serve in a “non-combat” capacity. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week that he is “certainly considering” a recommendation to the president to send combat troops into ISIS-held territory.

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