Nancy Pelosi Earlier Today: “Be Careful,” “Proceed Cautiously” On Sending Special Forces

“It’s a number that has a tendency to grow.”

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday morning that “you have to be careful sending special forces” to Iraq because “it’s a number that has a tendency to grow.” Pelosi was reacting to a question about reports the Obama administration considered deploying up to 100 special forces members to Iraq.

President Obama announced Thursday afternoon that the United States would send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, emphasizing they will not be in combat.

Here’s the video of Pelosi’s remarks:

“Generally speaking, and I’d be interested to hear what the president has to say,” Pelosi said. “You have to be careful sending special forces because it’s a number that has a tendency to grow and so I’d like to context, purpose, timeline, and all the rest for anything like that. But in any situation under any president I would say let’s proceed cautiously in that regard without thinking a hundred is a hundred.”

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