(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry left the door open to possible U.S. airstrikes against Iraq.
"The bottom line on this one is they need to leave this to the commanders in the field," Perry said on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday.
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"Let's just say there's a big ISIS transition convoy coming in and we could take that out, then there might be a use of an air strike at that particular time. But just air strikes for the sake of air strikes, probably not."
The Texas governor, who is weighing another presidential run in 2016, stayed away from offering military suggestions with respect to the on-going crisis.
"I think there are a number of ways, we don't have to actually signal all the things we're going to do," he said.
He did, however, offered harsh words for President Barack Obama's handling of the withdrawal from the region in 2011.
"The real blunder from my perspective was when this President wanted to get out of Iraq so bad that we left and didn't even let the door hit us in the back getting out of there," Perry said.
Perry's comments come as Obama met with congressional leaders and then Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss options being prepared by the Pentagon, short of boots on the ground. And earlier Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said they were working out details on possible U.S. steps that could include airstrikes on Sunni militants advancing through northern Iraq.
CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.