• Local Marine stands behind Obama's call not to send more troops to Iraq


    (MyFoxBoston.com) -- As Islamic militants seize two more cities in Iraq, Chris Lessard, a sergeant with the marines, says he stands with President Barack Obama’s call not to send more troops in.

    "I agree with him. I think it's time for Iraq to govern themselves. And I think any support that we lend them is going to be a dead end," Lessard said.

    Lessard spent two tours of duty in Iraq. One of the places he spent a lot of time was Fallujah, one of the three cities seized by Islamic extremists.

    "I was in Fallujah. And to see Fallujah, Tikrit and Mosul have now all fallen and changed hands, it's a bummer really for lack of a better term," he said.

    Although Lessard is disappointed, he says he's not surprised to see what's going on.

    "The Sunnis and the Shiites have never gotten along. Nor will they. And us getting involved with our whole war there, whether someone believes we should have or not, is not going to change that fact," he said.

    Pressure has been building for the US to increase support to Iraq, after Islamic militants seized the cities of Tikrit and Mosul this week.

    Obama is weighing his options, but said Friday the US will do its part, but ultimately, it will be up to the Iraqis to fix the problem.

    "This should be a wakeup call. Iraq's leaders have to demonstrate a willingness to make hard decisions and compromises on behalf of the Iraqi people in order to bring the country together,” Obama said.

    But the president is now facing criticism from those who say his failed security policies are what caused Iraq to fall into chaos in the first place.

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