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300 military advisers prepared to go in Iraq
June 19th, 2014
04:59 PM ET

300 military advisers prepared to go in Iraq

Seeking a middle ground between calls for tough military action and none at all, President Barack Obama said Thursday he was sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the embattled government hold off a lightning advance from the north by Sunni militants.

Obama told White House reporters the goal was to prevent a civil war in Iraq that could destabilize the region, and also prevent creation of a terrorist safe haven in northern Iraq and neighboring Syria from which U.S. enemies could plan and launch attacks against American interests. Full story

At 6:30pm ET, S.E. Cupp and Stephanie Cutter are joined by Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) for a debate.

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Should the U.S. send military advisers to Iraq?

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  1. CALIFORNIA

    Call it what you will it's American feet on the ground. But of course democrats will spin it as usual. one would figure that they're pretty dizzy by now.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:23 am | Reply
    • But

      But isn't that what you GOPTards wanted?

      June 24, 2014 at 10:51 am | Reply
  2. The Entire GOP Platform In A Single Paragraph

    Perry spouts the GOP Platform:

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    June 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  3. Simplefaith

    GOP HAS DONE NOTHING BUT TRY TO FIND SOMETHING WRONG WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA. THE LOWEST RATING FOR CONGRESS, EVER. AREN'T THEY ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. IRAQ, THEY HAVE BEEN AT WAR FOR CENTURIES BECAUSE THERE ARE DIFFERENT TRIBES WITH DIFFERENT VALUES. MY SON WAS NEARLY BLINDED IN THE LAST IRAQ WAR. IT IS VERY SAD THAT THE IRAQS CANNOT DEFEND THEMSELVES. I FEEL SORRY FOR ALL THOSE REFUGEES ENTERING JORDAN RIGHT NOW.

    June 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  4. Marty

    Let the Sunni and Shiite Muslims figure it out themselves. Why give them a third party they can turn on.

    June 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  5. Tom1940

    Does the phrase: "Cannon Fodder!" have any meaning for this Administration? Something akin to Dudley Doorights nemisis tying up the blonde girl, putting her on the tracks ahead of a speeding train, but not rescuing her at the last minute. That is what is going to happen to the "300" being sent to Iraq. Akin to the "Charge of The Light Brigade" in the Crimean War.

    June 20, 2014 at 10:56 am | Reply
  6. Smitty

    300 aren't boots on the ground?? , maybe they will wear sandals

    June 19, 2014 at 11:55 pm | Reply
    • But

      But isn't that what all you Tea Tards wanted?

      June 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  7. ProtectAmericanJobs

    There is no reason that our American men and women should be sent over there to risk their lives again for another one of these totally messed up countries. – Use drones, limited air strikes and special forces only when necessary to protect Americans and to take out terrorists.

    Let's use our troops here at home in the USA to Protect Our Own Country from the Incursion of Illegal Aliens, instead of keeping them in the mindless Middle East, which is just going to continue to be a never ending region of stupidity and violence.

    We have Enough Issues Here at Home like Jobs and the Real American Economy.

    If our leaders really want to do something Bold and Brave, how about they start standing up for the American People who they're supposed to represent, By Standing Up to the WTO and Stop Selling Us Out to Other Countries like Communist China, India and Mexico. – Let's face it, over the last 2-3 decades, both parties have been selling out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the "outsourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide. – They don't care about that, but they'll continue risk the lives of our brave service men and women because of their special interests in the mindless Middle East.

    We need to start keeping more of OUR money here at home in the USA versus spreading it all over the world.

    Let's start increasing the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us.

    Bring our troops home from the mindless Middle East and deploy them on Our Own Southern Border.

    ps: And How About Hiring some of our Unemployed Veterans as Additional Border Patrol Officers, ICE and INS agents?

    June 19, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Reply
  8. Shawn McFadden

    First off, I want to say this debate was much better than yesterday. I really enjoy this show, but PLEASE DON'T EVER HAVE GOV. PERRY ON THIS SHOW EVER AGAIN!!!! I'm embarassed to say I'm a resident of Texas because of that man.

    Now to brass tacts. Rep Sanchez was indeed correct when she made comments such as the U.S. military is a finite rescource despite the fact it is trained and equiped. Even though I myself am a Army Veteran that served in Iraq in 2003, I must say that the current situation in Iraq cannot be solved by military power alone. Indeed, the terrorist threats the U.S. currently faces cannot be solved by military might alone. Situations like these have to be dealt with by using the military, in addition with diplomacy, economic reasoning, and cooperation with our allies. Terrorism is indeed a global problem. Yes the U.S. is a powerful country with a powerful military, but even the U.S. can only do so much. It takes the collective effort of allied nations to truly combat this issue from multiple angles. In regards to Iraq, If we do execute airstrikes, we also have to suggest to al-Maliki that he has to reconcile with the Sunnis, and include them in unifying the country, along with the Kurds, Christians, etc. This is something he clearly did not do before. If he continues to refuse to do this, then he should be removed from office, because he is part of the problem. When the U.S. pulled the troops out of Iraq, he screwed over the Sunnis, especially those who were part of the "awakening". Those guys helped to avoid a civil war, and al-Maliki turned his back on them. What Rep Kinzinger fails to realize, is that we did indeed try to have the security agreement signed. When al-Malilki refuesed, we had no choice but to pull the troops out. Iraq is a soverign nation, and the U.S. had no right to have troops posted in said country against the will of that country's Head of State.

    June 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  9. Peter

    Sanchez was very impressive
    A lot of hard truths discussed

    June 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  10. M.Hamilton

    I think it's time the GOP put up or shut up. They ought to be ashamed of themselves trying to blame the President for their mess. It seemed as if they all have opinions about the Arab world and is adamant that they could solve the ills of that world.
    McCain and Boehner are very delusional. The GOP, Cheney and Bush went into Iraq without a concrete plan and now all the chickens are ready to hatch. These people have been fighting even before America was a country and you think you can just march in with guns and bomb, change the leadership and install your own and expect sudden peace and safety, please stop daydreaming and stop blaming the President, because it makes you all look like fools. From where I am watching you all also sound prejudice and racist. The aim of the GOP is to make sure this black man goes down in history as a looser. It is so embarrassing watching the kind of racist undertone in every word some of the conservatives otter. You are the ones who've eroded America's status in the world with your blatant disrespect of your black President. American's should be ashamed of themselves and stop acting like they're still in the 60's

    June 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • Smitty

      Nice try with the race card. How about he is just inept??? Solyndra ?? just failures daily from this guy??

      June 19, 2014 at 11:57 pm | Reply
      • Derek

        G.W. Bush was the largest failure for a PotUS this country has EVER SEEN!!

        Failed Economics – Give the largest tax cuts in 2 decades and than start a 2 front war (both the longest and most expensive the US has ever had), then sign an $800 Billion dollar TARP bill after the economy is losing 780,000 jobs/month

        Failed Foreign Policy – Invade the sovereign country Iraq under lies to finish what his daddy couldn't with absolutely no solid plan whatsoever after taking out the Republican 'lap dog' Ronald Reagan helped make the 3rd largest army in the world, while giving Al Queda and The Taliban weapons and money as well.

        Failed Domestic Policy – Deregulating Wall Street allowing bankers to 'run amuck' with people's hard earned savings and retirements. A 1 Trillion dollar failed drug plan and then handing over Presidency to Obama with a 1.8 Trillion dollar budget deficit going forward each and every year. Over 10 Trillion dollars is directly because of Bush.

        Bush is nothing BUT a Failure!

        June 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm |
  11. Peter

    I haven"t watched show in a while. I find it interesting that the dems are still blaming George Bush for Iraq.

    June 19, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • Because

      Because he is.

      June 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply

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