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Obama’s trip to MacDill ‘strictly about national security’; promise no ‘combat mission’ for U.S. forces


The president has wrapped up meetings at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on the fight against ISIS, and is giving a quick address to an assembled gathering of troops. Of note, there was no golf, fundraising or a meeting with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on this visit:

"but this trip is said to be strictly about national security." Susan Rice and Chuck Hagel as well. http://t.co/6RZ1zFa74k

— J.Grant ن (@GrantGambling) September 17, 2014

Maybe he’s finally learned that the optics of his job matter?

But the biggest takeaway from the speech will be this, which sounds a lot like a promise:

Obama, to military: American forces in Iraq "will not have a combat mission"

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) September 17, 2014

There will be boots on the ground, but not combat boots?

But just yesterday Gen. Dempsey said combat troops might be needed? It’s very confusing:

Obama just corrected Dempsey, after he corrected Kerry, after he corrected Hagel, after he corrected…

— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) September 17, 2014

It's almost like the president is the only member of his own administration ruling out combat troops…

— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) September 17, 2014


Obama to troops who signed up to fight wars: Don't worry I won't send you to war and you should thank me for it. Go fight Ebola though.

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 17, 2014

Obama saying we'll only support Iraqi troops is like Harold Ramis in Stripes: "If we go into battle, I'll be behind you guys all the way."

— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) September 17, 2014

He has no shame. Obama touting a "decimated" al Qaeda in a speech to our troops. "Core" al Qaeda of course.

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 17, 2014

"I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq," Obama says http://t.co/gVZc84H4lX

— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) September 17, 2014

really glad Obama destroyed al qaeda so stuff like this not a worry oh wait it is http://t.co/67tlgiCAvo

— James Jay Carafano (@JJCarafano) September 17, 2014

For those wondering what the point of Obama's speech today, two words: Pep. Rally.

— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) September 17, 2014

Obama tells troops he will not commit them to a ground war in Iraq. Watch live: http://t.co/2xfX9y8XZC

— PostTV (@PostTV) September 17, 2014

The president reportedly travels back to D.C. at the conclusion of the speech.




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