'Troops Bear Cost of Our Decisions': Resolution Won't Authorize Ground War
President Barack Obama today announced that he has submitted a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against ISIS, stressing that his plan does not call for ground troop forces.
Obama explained that the draft resolution supports a comprehensive strategy, including a systemic and sustained airstrike campaign in Iraq and Syria, support and training for local forces on the ground, regional and international support for an inclusive Iraqi government, and humanitarian assistance for innocent civilians in Iraq and Syria.
The president said his resolution does not call for the deployment of ground forces to Iraq or Syria, explaining that he would only send troops “into harm’s way when absolutely necessary for our national security.”
“It is not the authorization of another ground war like Afghanistan or Iraq,” he stressed.
The resolution also repeals the 2002 authorization of force for Iraq, and it limits this authorization to three years.
“I do not believe America’s interests are served by endless war or by remaining on a perpetual war footing. As a nation we need to ask the difficult and necessary questions about when, why, and how we use military force. After all, it is our troops who bear the costs of our decisions, and we owe them a clear strategy and the support they need to get the job done,” he said.
Obama pledged, “Our coalition is strong, our cause is just, and our mission will succeed.”
Watch the full address above.