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Sen. Kaine Weighs In On Iraq Situation

'The security situation in Iraq is extremely troubling, but not surprising.'

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (Patch archive photo by James Cullum)
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (Patch archive photo by James Cullum)

After a classified Armed Services Committee briefing Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern, South and Central Asian Affairs, issued the following statement on the situation in Iraq:

“The security situation in Iraq is extremely troubling, but not surprising. The war in Syria is exacerbating the situation in Iraq and has allowed the Al Qaeda off-shoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), to grow uncontrolled. That is why I have been such a vocal proponent of ending the humanitarian crisis in Syria and changing the balance of power on the ground to force a resolution.

“In Iraq, hopefully this is a wake-up call for Prime Minister Maliki who has practiced exclusive politics, contrary to U.S. counsel. He needs to engage immediately in a multi-pronged approach to address the ISIL threat, which includes a commitment to political inclusion, targeted security operations against ISIL targets, and a pledge to protect all Iraqi citizens. The United States should work with allies and regional partners to provide appropriate support once there is a commitment from Maliki to this set of principles.

“I strongly recommend the Administration develop those proposals and consult with Congress in short order.”

Raconteur June 13, 2014 at 07:55 AM
WOW! What a unique and original idea! That the president should consult with Congress, the People's representatives. That would be a first, for this president. After all, he has a pen, a phone, and a royal mandate. I wonder who came up with that idea for Kaine? So far all he's done in the Senate, is carry water for Reid and travel on the taxpayer dime, telling us what a great job he is doing as a "yes man" for Obama. I wonder if he'll have the guts to tell Obama that all this mess in the Middle East, is because of Obama's failed policies? Nah! he'll toe the line and blame it on Bush or Jefferson, maybe Franklin, too.

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