Obama Addresses Iraq, Rules Out Boots on the Ground

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In Iraq, volunteers are heading to defend the capital today, as the nation's top Shiite leaders used Friday prayers to call on the faithful to take up arms against radical Sunni Muslim insurgents. As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to move closer to Baghdad, the government says it's deploying more troops. In Washington, President Obama says the US won't send troops – but that he's still weighing "selective military action." He said the US will do its part to help, and to pursue intensive diplomatic efforts across the region, but that ultimately it's up to the Iraqi government to deal with the situation. 

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Guests:
Michael Crowley - Politico - @MichaelCrowley, Kenneth Pollack - Brookings Institution - @BrookingsInst, Martin Chulov - The Guardian - @martinchulov

Host:
Sara Terry

Producers:
Jenny Hamel, Benjamin Gottlieb, Evan George