“I was a strong supporter then of going into Iraq, I’m a strong supporter now. Everybody knows what my position is. There’s nothing to be argued about there,” “But if we spend our time debating what happened 11 or 12 years ago, we’re going to miss the threat that is growing and that we do face.”
“Rand Paul, with all due respect, is basically an isolationist. He doesn’t believe we ought to be involved in that part of the world,” “That didn’t work in the 1930s, it sure as heck won’t work in the aftermath of 9/11, when 19 guys armed with airline tickets and box cutters came all the way from Afghanistan and killed 3,000 of our citizens.”
“Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many,” “Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is ‘ending’ the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality…he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.” ….“Mr. Obama invited the chaos in Iraq by withdrawing all of America’s troops in 2011 and that he’s failing to stop it now by dithering and dissembling in his public response”.
“You’re kidding, right?” “That is sick, when you really look back at the record “The fact is, what we’re seeing now is an outgrowth of that bad policy the neocons got us in, that crowd, on false pretense that said, go in there. and, as a result, ISIS was born. Let’s face that fact,” “It was Vice President Cheney and Condi Rice working for George W. Bush and Rumsfeld and all those folks — that’s just like, you know, a nightmare come back to haunt me, just frankly — who are basically telling us, get right back in there again. The American people don’t want it.”
………Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif
” that it is “beyond troubling” to see the “revisionist history” from neoconservatives who pushed the 2003 invasion but now blame the president for the chaos.
……….PBS host Tavis Smiley
“Cheney is singularly unqualified to advise anyone on Iraq” “Why don’t we go get the guy who wrecked the Exxon Valdez and ask him about, you know, how to run an oil tanker,” “I mean, there couldn’t be a worse person to offer views on what to do next.”
………Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
“Those who have questioned the president’s approach to the recent surge in violence should ask the same questions of those who supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq” “Were they right in their predictions? Were there weapons of mass destruction there? Was the war won in 2005, when many of those people said it was won?”…”They didn’t, really, I think understand the civil war that would break out,”
“There’s chaos in the Middle East, and I think the chaos is because we have created a vacuum. Before the Iraq war, I think there was somewhat of a standoff between Sunni and Shiite, had been for maybe 1,000 years off and on.” “The United States needs to first see what the Shiites in Iraq will do to defend themselves against militants before it decides whether to launch airstrikes.” “If the Shiites aren’t willing to fight for their country, it may be that their country is not going to exist,”
ISIS is or could become a threat to U.S. national security.”I believe it can be. I believe that they’re recruiting in Europe,”
………… Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
“We’ve got another Benghazi in the making here,” “What I heard in there scared the hell out of me.” “The stronger they are over there, the weaker we are here. So now is the time to blunt their strength. If they have a safe haven in Syria and Iraq, they will use that safe haven to attack America. There is some hope to turn Iraq around. But Jordan is next.”
…………….Lindsey Graham R-SC
“Everybody in his national security team, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ought to be replaced,” “It’s a colossal failure of American security policy.”
…………………Sen. John McCain R-Ariz
“Without a doubt, I think this is an urgent counterterrorism matter. I know a lot has been talked about the future of Iraq itself as a country, and that’s a very legitimate issue that needs to be looked at, but for me this is not about nation-building, or imposing democracy — this is a counterterrorism risk that we need to nip in the bud. It is my view that we will either deal with ISIS now or we will deal with them later. And later they are going to be stronger and harder to reach.
…………….Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
“I don’t blame President Obama,” “Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame those who are for the Iraq War for emboldening Iran. These are the same people now who are petrified of what Iran may become, and I understand some of their worry.” “I personally believe [ISIS] would not be in Iraq and not be as powerful if we had not been supplying their allies in the war,” “ Without American aid Assad might have wiped these people out months ago.” ” countries like Iraq and Libya have become a “jihadist wonderland” and I predict the same fate for Syria if Assad falls.