BREAKING: Obama Reverses, Now Wants to Send US Combat Troops to Fight ISIS

by Warner Todd Huston | February 11, 2015 11:15 am

After proclaiming ISIS the “JV Team” and insisting it is no threat, Obama is now all of a sudden reversing himself and demanding that Congress give him a stronger authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to fight ISIS. He is now even asking for boots on the ground, something he has always said he’d never do.

Obama has been resisting the idea of sending actual combat troops to the area to fight ISIS because for years now he’s claimed that he had defeated terrorism.

But now Obama is asking for permission for limited combat operations The authorization I propose would provide the flexibility to conduct ground combat operations in other more limited circumstances, such as rescue operations involving U.S. or coalition personnel or the use of special operations forces to take military action against ISIL leadership…

Boots on the ground!!

President Obama on Wednesday opened the door to “limited” ground combat operations against the Islamic State, as he asked Congress to formally authorize military force against the terrorist network.

The president, in a proposed resolution and a letter to Congress, underscored the “grave threat” posed by ISIS.

“If left unchecked, ISIL will pose a threat beyond the Middle East, including to the United States homeland,” Obama said.

The proposal includes limitations that would bar “enduring offensive ground combat operations” and let the authorization lapse after three years. The letter from Obama says the authorization would not allow “long-term, large-scale ground combat operations like those” conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But the request includes no restrictions on where U.S. forces could pursue the threat. And while the current military campaign centers on coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, the proposal clearly allows U.S. ground troops to engage in limited circumstances.

Remember all those generals and Republicans that insisted the only way to end ISIS is with boots on the ground? Remember how OBama called them evil warmongers? Yeah.


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