Governor Walker Stumbles On Foreign Policy Issues In Interview With ABC News’ Martha Raddatz

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came into his interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz Sunday morning riding a first-place showing in an Iowa GOP poll, perhaps benefiting from the unceremonious exit of Mitt Romney.

Walker seemed to stumble in his interview when ABC News’ Martha Raddatz quizzed him harder than most would on his foreign policy views.

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How Many “Boots On The Ground” Are There In Iraq?

The administration continues to say there are no “boots on the ground” in the conflict in Iraq.  Almost in the same breath, they will say “but we are sending more trainers.”  The trainers are on a combat mission and are receiving combat pay, so aren’t they considered “boots on the ground?”

So how many of them are there?

The Boston Herald claims, “The president has pronounced repeatedly ‘there won’t be U.S. ground troops in Iraq,’ despite the reality that the U.S. has already deployed 1,600 ‘trainers’ and ‘advisers’ to Iraq — who are receiving combat pay.”

Politico:  “Today, many of the advisers, logistics managers and other troops we already have in Iraq—said to be some 1,700 strong, including those guarding U.S. facilities—are already taking part in this new war.”

The Arizona Republic states, “Critics point out that are already more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers redeployed to Iraq to assist the Iraqi military and other local forces fighting ISIS.”

Foreign Policy states,  “Obama said airstrikes, an additional 475 troops – bringing the total to more than 1,600 there – a train-and-advise mission and the resolve of a coalition of the willing will ultimately ‘destroy’ the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”

So the figure most often quoted seems to be 1,600 or “more than 1,600” advisers or trainers on the ground in Iraq.

Mission Creeps: Rep. Engel, Sen. Johnson Call For ‘Boots On The Ground’

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A New York Democrat and Wisconsin Republican teamed up to encourage the President to join in the ongoing chaos in Iraq.

The pair of lawmakers called for President Obama to send U.S. soldiers back to the war-torn country.

“Ultimately we may have some boots on the ground there,” Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said on Fox News Sunday.

Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson acknowledged that Americans are reluctant to get re-involved in Iraq, but warned that the White House has no other options.

“These are evil people that need to be defeated,” Johnson said. “We may be war-weary. But I’ll tell you, ISIS, is not war-weary. They’re highly trained, they are highly organized.”

It was still not immediately clear why they feel Americans should fight them.

“We need to be highly concerned about this,” he added.