It’s probably not the best strategy for the president to make guarantees when it comes to foreign policy. This has proven to stymie President Obama in such a way that many think it will impact his legacy. President Obama is on record approximately one dozen times stating that the United States will not commit troops to Iraq or Syria. He has come under fire lately with the supplementation of troops to both Syria and Iraq.
The White House has attempted to manipulate and spin the rationale for troop deployment by claiming the troops are “advisors.” Press Secretary Josh Earnest has repeatedly stated that the role of the deployed troops has been taken out of context. Mr. Earnest emphasizes that these are not combat troops, a sentiment many would disagree with. He also adds that the promise to put boots on the ground was being taken “out of context.”
Here are a few quotations from the Obama administration:
“I won’t commit our troops to fighting another ground war in Iraq, or in Syria.” —Obama in a televised national address from the White House
“Again, I repeat: We’re not considering any open-ended commitment. We’re not considering any boots-on-the-ground approach.”—Obama at a press conference at the White House with Baltic leaders
“And in no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground; that would involve a long-term campaign.”—Obama in remarks with the presidents of Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia at the White House
Now, after careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets. This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground.“—Obama in a statement on Syria at the White House
“What we’re talking about is not an open-ended intervention. This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan. There would be no American boots on the ground.”—Obama in his weekly address
“This will not be Iraq or Afghanistan. There will be no American boots on the ground — period.”—National Security Advisor Susan Rice
“I will not put American boots on the ground in Syria.”—Obama in a televised national address from the White House
“With respect to the situation on the ground in Syria, we will not be placing U.S. ground troops to try to control the areas that are part of the conflict inside of Syria.”—Obama in remarks at a NATO conference
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