June 16th, 2014
02:47 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama has 'fundamental' set of options on Iraq

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has a "fundamental" set of options for a military response to the crisis in Iraq, a White House official told CNN Monday. The options could be tweaked or changed somewhat, the official added.

The President's entire national security team spent much of the weekend urgently preparing options for potential military action against the militant group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, senior administration officials said. Obama will review those options with national security officials Monday evening, incoming press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

Asked whether the President will be presented with a range of options, Earnest said he did not want to get ahead of the meeting. Obama "will be updated with (the national security team's) ongoing effort," Earnest said.

Administration officials are cautioning any possible military strike against Iraq would be limited in scope. There would be "no open-ended military commitment," Earnest said.


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  1. TONE

    Mr President do not lift a finger to help America cannot afford to throw money away at cowards.

    June 16, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. ED1

    Like we will give you what you want just agree to leave us alone sounds good lets shake or not what difference would that make anyway we know you wouldn't tell us a lie.

    June 16, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "There would be "no open-ended military commitment," Earnest said."

    Enter RWNJ tantrums stage right...they're not going to be pleased about statements like that indicating that the defense contractor gravy train will not be going off the rails.

    June 16, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Obama will do as little as possible.......he always does, when it comes to doing the right thing.

    June 16, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    We asked Malaki to be nice to his political foes & Sunnis. He refused to & now they're rising up against him. We should use American Air Power to strike his Political Enemies & ALL Sunnis. Then America will be Malaki's Best Friend.

    June 16, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I hate to say it, but almost every military option is not an option. Choosing a side in this religious jihad between Sunni and Shia is something that we should avoid. The only military option that I would consider would be to seek out and destroy all of the big ticket military hardware that we left behind, no matter who's operating it. It seems the Iraqi army is abandoning their posts and equipment in place, which means tanks, Humvees, and helicopters are falling into ISIS hands. I say destroy what ISIS has taken, and what they have yet to capture. Destroy it all.

    June 16, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    I think Iran has a bigger role to play in this. Let them put troops on the ground. Iraq is their puppet.

    June 16, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Ol' Yeller

    Great, we will get to listen to the chicken hawks rattle their sabers now and tell us how they would combat the evil doers. If Iraq wants to keep their cities, then they should fight tooth and nail to keep their cities. If they don't, then I guess they will be taken by this group. Should Iraq, Syria, or any other country fall in to the hands of this militant group, does anyone truly believe this will somehow threaten our safety?

    June 16, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. GK

    I guess the insurgents' bigger picture is what America and the world should look at. Everybody is war-wearied, but for the sake of freedom for humanity and ally Arab countries in the region, it is important something is done so that America and the world do not have to later deal with a massive growth of jihadism that will threaten everyone including Israel who sits next door. Now, it may seem as a sectarian violence occasioned by a leadership that excluded key elements of that society but left unchecked these guys will not come short of threatening American interests and American lives.

    June 16, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. rs

    Essentially there is no solution to the Iraq issue- it is a hue part of a much bigger issue- the European drawn artificial borders to what essentially are artificial nations. This is the so-called "freedom" we gave to Iraq once we destroyed their government.

    June 16, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Chris-E...al

    0bama say alot and do little good when try . Dont try let it go all to hell either way it will ? Have you got any more ideal 0bama to fix bad ideal ? ? ? ? ? !

    June 16, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Lizzie

    Mr. President, please remove all civilian personal from Iraq and NOT put 100 marines in harms way. Bagdad will fall.

    June 16, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Hector Slagg

    OK,
    I will have my people check with your people and see what we can come up with. Damn! I knew we should have left some forces over there!

    June 16, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Not So Fast

    Don't be surprised if Russia and China start making aggressive moves in the near future. Russia may already be in the process of moving on Ukraine. They both know they can challenge Obama and he will back down. North Korea is also watching this.

    June 16, 2014 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. CryBabies

    Ol' Yeller...Please remember that comment about our safety....Its guaranteed to come back and haunt you. FYI

    June 16, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Peace

    Pres. Obama, please do not opt to send drones and kill the Sunnis. What wrong doing have they done? They belong to Iraq the same like Shiite do. It is their country as well. This is quite tricky, and you must decide wisely not falling in GOP ill thinking that you must act while they do not tell you how.

    June 16, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    1) ISIS funded by allies like Saudis
    2) we are in debt we can’t afford one more war

    This is centuries-old problem let them solve it

    June 16, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. sonny chapman

    Important Point: ISIS is NOT Bin Laden/el quida !!! They do NOT want to strike America like Bin Laden wanted to. ISIS is happy living in their neck of the woods & having safe haven for all oppressed Sunnis & other friendly Tribes. They only want their fair share of the Oil & Goodies in their Region. They pose an IDIOLECT threat to America.

    June 16, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. 101 Wild Turkey

    The insurgents don't have to capture Baghdad. They already are in the process of capturing the smaller towns surrounding Baghdad and threaten to eventually cut off access to the capital. That will hasten the fall of the current Iraqi government..
    Rising gas prices with a weakening American economy is not a good sign.

    June 16, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. rs

    Hector Slagg

    OK,
    I will have my people check with your people and see what we can come up with. Damn! I knew we should have left some forces over there!
    ________________________
    Yeah, too bad the Iraqis didn't want us there, eh?

    June 16, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. sonny chapman

    INDIRECT Threat.

    June 16, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Wilson

    Just think about the least decisive person you know and that's when a decision will be made. This is the military for God's sake and contingency plans were written you know for about every kind of scenario but we know his plan – do nothing. Do nothing is his SOP.

    June 16, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. sonny chapman

    IF PRESIDENT Obama decides to take any kind of action in Iraq, military or non, he should Publicly announce The OPPOSITE of his decision, await the hue & cry of the Republicans & then do what he had already decided to do & now what Repubs. say he Should be doing. In fact, Obama ought to do adopt a Reverse Psychology for EVERYTHING for the rest of his Term.

    June 16, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |