Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) a former Army and Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq as a civil affairs officer from 2005 to 2006, said he felt "there ought to be some U.S. military personnel forward with Iraqi forces" because when he was in Iraq, Americans who joined in patrols "really emboldened the confidence of those Iraqi soldiers." Dempsey shot back, "I would not recommend that we put U.S. forces in harm's way simply to stiffen the spine of local forces. If their spine is not stiffened by the threat of ISIL [the Islamic State] on their way of life, nothing we do is going to stiffen their spine."
[T]he poll shows 28 percent of Americans favor sending U.S. troops into Iraq "for as long as it takes" to combat ISIS. Thirty-two percent support sending U.S. troops for only a short period of time to allow the Iraqi army to take over. And 38 percent don't want to send any U.S. troops into Iraq.