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Boehner: U.S. May Have 'No Choice' But To Put Troops On The Ground To Defeat ISIS

House Speaker John Boehner continues to insist that the United States is going to have to send in combat troops in Syria and Iraq.
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I'd like to know how John Boehner thinks we're supposed to pay for any of this after he keeps insisting that we're broke. If Boehner really wants to send in enough troops to occupy both Iraq and Syria, why isn't he calling for a draft? And a war tax to pay for all of this?

Boehner: US May Have 'No Choice' But To Send Troops To Defeat ISIL:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Sunday said that he thinks the U.S. may need more than airstrikes to defeat the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria.

"If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don't believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that," the Speaker said on ABC's "This Week." "At the end of the day, I think it's gonna take more than air strikes to drive them outta there. At some point somebody's boots have to be on the ground."

Boehner said that President Obama should not have promised that the U.S. would not send troops in to fight ISIL. The Speaker said the U.S. may end up with "no choice" but to send in American troops.

You and Bill Kristol first John. He was also pretending he might actually call the House back in for a vote on this before the mid-term elections. That's about as likely to happen as hell freezing over.

Full transcript via ABC:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But has much less faith in the president’s war plans.

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OBAMA: We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.

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BOEHNER: If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don't believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Why not?

BOEHNER: At the end of the day, I think it's gonna take more than air strikes to drive them outta there.

At some point somebody's boots have to be on the ground… That's the whole point-

STEPHANOPOULOS: American?

BOEHNER: Listen, the president doesn't want to do that.

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.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And if no one else will step up, would you recommend putting American boots on the ground?

BOEHNER: We have no choice. These are barbarians. They intend to kill us. And if we don't destroy them first, we're gonna pay the price.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I know you've said that - assuming you're speaker next year - you'd want to have a vote on a resolution - why not now?

BOEHNER: I'd be happy to.

The president typically in a situation like this would call for an authorization vote and go sell that to the American people and send a resolution to the Hill. The president has not done that. He believes he has authority under existing resolutions to do what he's done.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You don't agree?

BOEHNER: I think he does have the authority to do it. But the point I'm making is this is a proposal that the Congress ought to consider.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Our reporter Jeff Zeleny has talked to a couple sources on Capitol Hill - said you and other leaders actually warned that if it came up now it would splinter both parties and might not pass.

BOEHNER: I did not suggest that to anybody in my caucus, or to the president for that matter.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So to be clear - if the president put a resolution forward now, you'd call Congress back?

BOEHNER: I'd bring the Congress back.


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