President Obama has addressed recent developments regarding a possible military ground operation on Iraq’s or Syria’s territory. According to him, there will be no military intervention without support from other nations. While discussing the matter, president Obama promised his military audience that they would not be sent back into combat despite his vow to destroy the Islamic State extremists at all costs.
The United States President warned the extremists that, as Al Qaeda, they too will feel America’s wrath during a statement at the MacDill Air Force Base. He added that while the U.S. had been aware that the end of Al Qaeda did not mean the end of all terrorist threats against the United States, such violence on ISIL’s side was unexpected.
The president did not omit to inform the audience that America’s combat mission in Afghanistan would come to a much deserved end at the end of 2014 and that another extensive war in the Middle East was not an option for the United States. Additionally, he underlined that the American troops currently stationed in Iraq were not there to fight on the ground, nor will they be instructed to.
“The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission. I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq. ”, the President told his audience.
The meeting held at the military base was so that Mr. Obama could meet his top military commanders together with the Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. While he did not disclose which countries would intervene with ground troops (as a coalition has been agreed upon between states from Europe, the Middle East and America), president Obama noted that all countries involved in the war against ISIS have a high stake in the fight.
White House polls show that the majority of Americans support the President’s approach in the Middle East.