Obama's statement on the current situation in Iraq
Earnest June 20, 2014
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The President has
announced some additional steps that will be
taken to include creating joint operation centers in Baghdad and
northern Iraq that can facilitate our coordination with Iraqi security
forces. Also, a decision has been made to send an additional number
of American military advisors — up to 300, who can help provide an
additional assessment of how to train, advise, and support the Iraqi
Obama emphasized that while the fate of Iraq hangs in the balance,
sending in US combat troops is not an option.
"American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again. We
do not have the ability to simply solve this problem by sending in tens of thousands of troops and committing the kinds of blood and
treasure that has already been expended in Iraq," the president said.
He also stressed the need for an inclusive partnership among Sunnis,
Shia and Kurds to effectively stomp out terrorist threats and avoid a "whack-a-mole" situation.
When asked about Iran's potential involvement he responded:
"Iran can play a constructive role if it is helping to send the same
message to the Iraqi government that we're sending. That Iraq only holds together if it's inclusive. If Iran is coming in solely as an
armed force on behalf of the Shia...then that probably worsens the situation."
US will lead diplomatic efforts to support political stability involving all the stakeholders in Iraq. Iraqi leaders have
been urged to come together around a political plan that gives everyone confidence in the
political process rather than violence. Add