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December 23, 2014

Obama Considering ‘Targeted’ Military Action in Iraq, but Says ‘Ultimately’ Up to Iraqis (Video)

Updated 12:25 p.m. | President Barack Obama said he is considering “targeted” and “selected” military actions in Iraq, short of sending U.S. troops, to turn back rebel forces, but wants assurances that the Iraqi government will take steps to end sectarian strife.

In a statement at the White House, Obama said he will “consult with Congress” and keep the American people informed about his decision. But he said he would not be making a decision “overnight” and need Iraqi leaders to make assurances that they would make changes necessary to deal with their political problems.

“We are not going to be able to do it for them,” Obama said.

He also said he wants to make sure U.S. military action would have “an effect.”

While Obama said he would consult with Congress, he did not elaborate on whether Obama would actually ask Congress’ blessing with a vote. As we first reported yesterday, Obama already has that authority because the broad 2002 authorization to use force in Iraq remains in effect.

Asked about oil disruptions as prices have risen in reaction to the unrest, Obama said that he hasn’t seen major disruptions yet but if they occur he hopes other Persian Gulf countries can fill the gap.

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  • Bestuv Burke

    In related YouTube video, we find a fairly typical example of the Al Nusra Front “allies” that Hussein Obama has chosen to support in Syria: http://youtu.be/U3EwHqvEAXM?t=8m11s

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  • Yonatan YONATAN

    WE SEND OUR TROOPS TO IRAQ, BUT DON’T TREAT OUR VETERANS WELL WHEN THEY RETURN. WE SEND BILLIONS OF FOREIGN AID TO THE UKRAINE, AND OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT THE SENATE WON’T PASS THE UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL FOR THE THREE MILLION OF UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES WITHOUT BENEFITS SINCE LATE LAST DECEMBER. THESE FAMILIES HAVE FALLEN INTO FINANCIAL RUIN, MANY ARE WITHOUT HOMES. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE INTENTIONALLY DELAYED AND POSTPONED THE VOTE UNTIL THE BILL WOULD BECOME DIFFICULT TO PASS. THESE ARE OUR SO CALLED “PUBLIC SERVANTS” IN ACTION THESE DAYS. THEY ALL NEED TO BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE FOR FAILING TO SERVE THE PEOPLE.

  • So Nee

    In related YouTube video, we find Hussein Obama offering verbal support to the terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcVvxkMUivk&feature=youtu.be&t=6m28s

  • SWohio

    The only thing Hussein is consulting is the polls. That’s how he makes decisions and that’s how he ‘governs’.

  • George Allegro

    In related YouTube video, we find a fairly typical example of the Al Nusra Front “allies” that Hussein Obama has chosen to support in Syria: http://youtu.be/U3EwHqvEAXM?t=8m11s

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