Double-Amputee Vet: 'Almost Inevitable' U.S. Troops Will Have to Go Back to Iraq
Shortly after President Obama spoke from the White House about the U.S. response to the advance of militants toward Baghdad, Gretchen Carlson got some reaction from a double-amputee Iraq veteran. Retired Staff Sgt. Johnny "Joey" Jones, who is public affairs director for Bootcampaign.com, believes U.S. troops will have to redeploy to Iraq in order to bring some stability.
Jones, who also was a staffer for the House Veterans Affairs Committee, served in Iraq's western Anbar province in 2007 and 2008, losing both of his legs in an attack.
Telling Iraq's leaders to deal with their own problems, Obama said he will not be sending U.S. troops back into Iraq. He maintained that the U.S. is not going to be "dragged back into" Iraq unless the country's leaders demonstrate they can come up with a long-term political plan.
Gretchen asked Jones whether he and other veterans feel their sacrifice was "in vain" in light of what's going on now.
Jones said he has told President Obama that "every town that I was in, we liberated people, we empowered them, we didn't conquer or destroy them," adding he believes the U.S. needs to have the "commitment to finish the job."
Jones believes U.S. troops on the ground are "almost inevitable" if the U.S. wants to turn the tide against ISIS militants, explaining that airstrikes are not enough.
"In 2003, we had a very unconditioned military for war. We had a military used to haircuts and uniforms. Now we have the best-trained, best conditioned military our country’s ever seen. I don’t believe we should just roll in with 100,000 troops again, but I believe that combined arms, surgical units, units that know how to do diplomacy as well as combat are almost inevitable for this situation," said Jones.
He was asked about a Facebook post from "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell, who wrote:
He said he has been in touch with Luttrell, who he said "knows what's at stake here."
"Baghdad is a symbol of freedom for our country as much as Iraq. We literally spent over a decade there liberating people from a tyrannical government and this commander-in-chief has the opportunity to have the courage to honor a commitment that we made when we turned their world upside down by taking out Saddam and his regime."
Watch the full interview above, and stay tuned to Fox News for the latest on the developing situation in Iraq.