Obama Administration Says U.S. Will Not Be Responsible For Iraq's Security

On Thursday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Fox News:

"The United States is not going to be responsible for securing the security situation inside of Iraq. Our strategy is to support the Iraqi security forces in doing what we will not do for them. The United States is prepared to train them, to equip them, and to back them on the battlefield with coalition military air power as they take the fight to ISIL in their own country."

His statement shows that the White House is setting clear boundaries regarding what they will and will not do in terms of reversing ISIS' gains. On the other hand, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell, spoke with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio's "Kilmeade and Friends," saying "it is everybody's fight." He added that ISIS brings a "significant threat to the stability of the entire Middle East." He said "we cannot be there forever" but urged the U.S. to play a "larger role."

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday "One particular way that's extremely important is to involve the Sunni tribes in the fight -- that means training and equipping them." Iraqi officials have countered by saying that they are not getting the military equipment they need fast enough. On Tuesday, President Obama said the U.S. and its allies need to determine whether or not they are deploying military assets in Iraq effectively. The Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team studies the growth and movement of the fighters. Their report says:

"The overall numbers have risen sharply ...the number of countries of origin has also significantly increased." Terrorist fighters in the 1990's came from a small group of states, and now it is more than 100, "including countries that have never experienced problems with groups associated with [Al Qaeda]. The problem has become an urgent global security matter. The chance of a national of any country becoming a victim of an attack relating to foreign terrorist fighters is growing, especially with attacks targeting hotels and pubic spaces and venues."

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under the George W. Bush administration, told Fox News that "the breath of recruiting, I think, particularly for ISIS and the nature of this threat as a global growing threat."

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