ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 8, 2014) Sailors guide an F/A-18C Hornet assigned to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend/Released)

Hampton Roads military conducts Iraqi airstrikes

The Norfolk-based USS George H. W. Bush carrier strike group was involved in several airstrikes conducted in Iraq Friday.

President Barack Obama listens during a phone call with Jordan's King Abdullah II Jordan, according to the White House, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama’s Iraq comments over the years

President Obama’s comments on the U.S role in Iraq have evolved over the years, up to his decision Thursday to renew military action.