Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for his mishandling of the fight against ISIS during an interview with Bob Schieffer on Sunday’s Face The Nation. Romney said the president was “wrong” to telegraph his intentions and not use ground troops.
“I think the president’s wrong in saying that under no circumstances will he consider ground troops. No one wants to put our own ground troops there, but if you’re going to defeat something, you don’t tell the enemy exactly what you plan on doing or what you won’t do. You say ‘We’re gong to defeat you regardless of the consequence.’”
The bulk of additional troops will be in Iraq by the end of this year, bringing the total U.S. forces to over 3,000. These troops, according to the White House, will serve as advisors, trainers, and security personnel rather than as combat forces. They will train over 50,000 Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers outside Baghdad and Erbil where U.S. troops have been running a joint operation center since this past summer.
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