Locals React to Possible Iraq Airstrikes

Published 08/07 2014 11:48PM

Updated 08/07 2014 11:55PM

President Obama has authorized airstrikes in Northern Iraq. He hopes to not only secure American lives there but is working to save 50,000 starving refugees from the terrorist group ISIS.

The move represents a reversal in policy for President Obama. Just two and a half years ago the President withdrew US troops from Iraq. For many American's President Obama's announcement green lighting airstrikes in Iraq feels like déjà vu.

"I think we tried it. I don't know if going back in is a good idea. I think it's going to drag us into a larger conflict that we don't need to be in," Eric Cabello said.

Other's feel the President has not acted swiftly enough.

"This should have happened a long time ago. We are in a situation in the world were things are going a little bit crazy, a little wacko. I think he was a little passive," Pennie Samson said.

Political analyst Don Larson says the majority of American's do not want to go to war again in Iraq. But the region has become so volatile because of ISIS, the President had to act.

"These people are committing genocide against a small religious group that is retreating to a mountain top. They don't have food. They don't have water," Larson said.

The President has flown in food and supplies to the 50 thousand people who fled after ISIS threatened to slaughter anyone refusing to convert to Islam.

Obama said the airstrikes will only occur if ISIS threatens the city of Irbil or if the terrorist group attacks the civilians seeking refuge on the mountaintop. He said no ground troops will be sent to Iraq.

"For the President this is a no win situation. Anything he proposes is going to make some group angry. If we go back in there with an army. That's going to make a huge amount of people very unhappy," Larson said.

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