House Speaker John Boehner told ABC News on Sunday “somebody’s boots have to be on the ground” in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIS, also known as the Islamic State.
At the end of the day, I think it’s gonna take more than airstrikes to drive them outta there,” the Ohio Republican said. “At some point somebody’s boots have to be on the ground.”
He criticized Obama for saying he would not send ground troops. “If I were the president, I probably wouldn’t have talked about what I wouldn’t do. And maybe we can get enough of these forces trained to get ‘em on the battlefield. But somebody’s boots have to be there.”
Boehner rationalized sending ground troops into the fray by characterizing ISIS as barbarians.
“We have no choice,” he said. “These are barbarians. They intend to kill us. And if we don’t destroy them first, we’re gonna pay the price.”
Al-Nusra Promises Terror Attacks in Response to Air Strikes
On Saturday, the ISIS aligned group al-Nusra promised to strike countries participating in air strikes in Syria and Iraq.
Abu Firas al-Suri, a spokesman for al-Nusra, said the air strikes represent “a war against Islam” and vowed to retaliate.
Written by Kurt Nimmo
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