Former New York Governor George Pataki, announcing that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, told Fox News that he would authorize American “boots on the ground” to go after Islamic State targets in Iraq.
The former Republican governor weighed in on a debate that has divided the party. Pataki insisted he does not want to see a “trillion-dollar, decade-long war,” but said the US cannot allow ISIS to have “recruiting” and “training” centers.
“If necessary, we will send in American boots on the ground to destroy those training centers, destroy those planning centers and then get out,” he said. The US has more than 3,000 troops in Iraq to train and equip Iraqi forces, but they are not technically in a combat role.
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