September 15, 2014

No US Ground Troops In Syria Either: White House


Journalist: Richard Sisk

The Obama administration said Sunday that its stance against U.S. "boots on the ground" in Iraq also applies to Syria in the effort to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

"Ground forces in Syria will be Syrian," said Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff.

"The president made a decision on that, we're not going to do that," McDonough said on "Fox News Sunday" when asked if U.S. ground forces might act in Syria.

In the effort to organize a long-term strategy against ISIL, McDonough, who went on all the Sunday talk shows, said that Obama will meet Tuesday at the White House with retired Marine Gen. John Allen, the former U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Allen has been named a special envoy to coordinate a coalition of Arab states in the region against ISIL and press for the training of "moderate" Syrian opposition fighters to combat ISIL in Syria.

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  • John A. Nagl

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    Dr. John Nagl is the ninth Headmaster of The Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania and a member of the Board of Advisors at the Center for a New American Security. He wa...