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Iraq Reaction

Updated: Friday, June 20 2014, 11:17 AM CDT

PRESIDENT OBAMA UNVEILS A COURSE OF ACTION IN IRAQ -- AND SAYS THE U-S WILL SEND AID TO THE IRAQI ARMY THAT'S BATTLING INSURGENTS.
FOX NEWS CORRESPONDENT DOUG MCKELWAY HAS MORE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

AT THE WHITE HOUSE - PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCES THE U-S WILL SEND UP TO 300 MILITARY ADVISORS TO IRAQ AS SUNNI FIGHTERS RAPIDLY GAIN GROUND.
THEY WILL WORK WITH THE IRAQI ARMY TO COORDINATE INTELLIGENCE AND TRAINING.

OBAMA says: "The best and most effect response will ultimately involve partnerships where local forces take the lead."

BUT THE PRESIDENT MADE IT CLEAR -- U-S GROUND TROOPS WILL NOT RETURN TO IRAQ -- AND STRESSED THAT SOLUTIONS TO THE VIOLENCE ARE POLITICAL. NOT MILITARY.

OBAMA says: "The United States will not pursue military options to support one section inside of Iraq at the expense of another. There's no military solution inside of Iraq, certainly not one that is led by the United States."

DESPITE CALLS FOR THE LEADER OF IRAQ TO STEP DOWN FOR HIS ROLE IN COAXING SECTARIAN DIVISIONS -- OBAMA SAYS IT IS NOT HIS JOB TO PULL THE PLUG ON PRIME MINISTER NOURI AL-MALIKI.
REPUBLICANS ARE BLASTING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FOR FAILING TO TAKE ACTION AND WANT TO SEE MORE HELP THAN THE PRESIDENT HAS OUTLINED.

"My hope is that it is the first step in a multi-step process."

"I am convinced that national security of the United States of America is at risk here."

"The president vows that he will consult with Congress, Iraq, and regional leaders if he sees a need for more precise military action. 

At the White House, Doug McKelway, Fox News."

AS TOP LAWMAKERS CRITICIZE THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIONS, WE HIT THE STREETS *HERE IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS.. TO FIND OUT WHAT PEOPLE - LIKE YOU AND I - HAVE TO SAY ABOUT PROTECTING AMERICA.. AS NEW PLANS - AND MORE UNCERTAINTY - IN THE MIDDLE EAST UNFOLD.

"I HAVE GREAT CONCERNS IT WILL LEAD TO ANOTHER WAR." - Tom Bundy.

"HE HAS TO MAKE THE FINAL DECISION ON WHAT WE DO AND I THINK HE NEEDS SUPPORT OF CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHEN HE REACHES THAT DECISION BECAUSE I THINK HE'S DOING THAT TO PROTECTS US AND PROTECT OUR COUNTRY." - David Stover.

THERE ARE ALREADY A HANDFUL OF THE SPECIAL FORCES IN IRAQ... THAT HAVE BEEN THERE AS PART OF THE 'OFFICE OF SECURITY COOPERATION' IN BAGHDAD.
THEY WILL LIKELY BE THE FIRST SENT OUT AS PART OF THIS PLAN.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE MOVES OUR COUNTRY IS NOW MAKING IN IRAQ?
IS IT THE RIGHT STEP GOING FORWARD FOR AMERICA?

WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK --
IT'S QUESTIONS LIKE THOSE YOU'LL FIND ON OUR WEBSITE.

JUST HEAD TO FOX ILLINOIS DOT COM --
AND CLICK ON OUR "NEWS SURVEY" -- TO TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS.



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