The official decision by the Obama administration is to not interfere in Iraq at the moment. That would only be possible if there is evidence that Iraq’s governance and politics are reforming.
President Obama was involved in many different crisis meetings at the beginning of the week. He ordered to have options prepared in the event that airstrikes would be needed in Iraq, together with direct military assistance.
The advisors said that Baghdad is not at immediate threat in front of the advancing ISIS forces so the short-term strategy is to not interfered. According to Barack Obama:
“US is not simply going to involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they’re prepared to work together.”
The recent national election in Iraq showed a majority being won by Maliki’s Shiite coalition. Results will be certified in a few days. The new parliament will be seated in 2 weeks. After that, we may see a different approach by US officials, depending on how much the ISIS forces advance.