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Walker Refuses to Rule Out ‘Full-Blown Invasion of Iraq and Syria’

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), a potential Republican presidential candidate, refused to rule out a full-blown invasion of Iraq and Syria.

When host Jon Karl asked, “You have been critical of the president’s handling of ISIS. Do you think we send ground troops?”

Walker replied, “I don’t think we should rule it out. I think that is a big mistake this president has made here and elsewhere about saying how long we would go or how much we would invest ”

Walker said, “I”m not arguing that’s the first approach. I’ll tell you the three specific things we should do in Iraq. First we should re-engage the strength of the American forces that are there. Once you do that, you empower the allied forces that are there to reclaim the territory that ISIS has taken. Third, you just make sure you do it in a way that doesn’t provide safe haven in places like Syria once you push them out.”

“So, you would you rule out a full-blown invasion of Iraq and Syria?” Karl asked.

Walker replied, “I don’t think we should ever a message to our foes of how far we’re willing to go … I wouldn’t rule out boots on the ground. If the national interest of this country are at stake here at risk in this country or abroad, that’s to me is the Geneva standard that we do for military engagement.”

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