Senator backs Obama’s ‘extremely limited’ goals in Iraq but has concerns

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is offering qualified support for President Barack Obama’s decision to begin bombing the ISIS terrorist group in Iraq.

Murphy is opposed to an “open-ended military campaign” and to taking sides in a possible sectarian conflict, but supports the goal of preventing genocide and protecting Americans who may be in harm’s way.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy

“Americans will not support a new open-ended military campaign in Iraq,” said Murphy, a Democrat first elected in 2012.
“The president has stated that his goals for immediate humanitarian and military action in Iraq are extremely limited  — to prevent a genocide of the Yezidi community and protect American personnel from imminent harm. These are legitimate reasons for action, but the president needs to better explain how this intervention is strictly time and scope limited.

“The risk,” he continued, “is that this intervention draws us into the broader fight between Sunni and Shia forces in Iraq. This is a fight the United States must stay out of, and I will oppose any efforts to continue this military campaign in order to provide tactical advantage or disadvantage to either side of this conflict.”

End ‘military hubris in the Middle East’

Murphy, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives before moving up to the Senate, said the United States must avoid taking sides in any civil war in Iraq.

“Like President Obama, I was elected to end America’s recent history of military hubris in the Middle East,” Murphy said. “Many of my colleagues have called on the president to endorse a broader strategy aimed at tipping the military balance inside Iraq. They are wrong, and such action would march our nation down a familiar and disastrous course.

“Americans will support taking action abroad to protect against genocide and to keep Americans safe, but our war weary nation draws a firm line on the other side of those limited ends,” he said.



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  • alecq

    This is no longer a Shia-Sunni fight. This is a fight between civilized people and barbarians who have no regard for human life.

    The Syrian war has attracted the most ruthless Jihadists around the world and they have been murdering other tribes, including women and children. Clearly a genocide. Didn’t we say “never again” after Hitler? And here we are again. People are still apathetic.

    If these extremist are able to take over Iraq, it would be the biggest massacre of innocent people since World War II. The extremists would also have the oil and resources to attack the West. If there is a good reason to go to war, this is it.

    I am not a war hawk. I did not approve of Bush’s invasion of Iraq )in fact, I was an Obama Democrat (until today). I supported Obama in universal healthcare and all the good things he has done. But I am sad to say that I am very disappointed because of all his pussy-footing in Iraq.

    It seems that Obama is too concerned about his approval ratings. What we need right now is a leader that will explain to the American people why we need to intervene again (maybe even boots on the ground). We need a leader who will rally our NATO allies to do the right thing. This is the opportunity to make things right in Iraq.

    Even if we do not do a big deployment, there are many common sense things that Obama can do, such as:
    — Deploy special forces to secure the dam in Kirkuk.(if ISIS demolishes that dam, the death toll will be so embarrassing for Obama).
    — Deploy three aircraft carriers or an airbase in Najaf.
    — Deploy JStars to track all ISIS vehicles.
    — Use CIA embedded air-strike spotters. Spotters will be embedded with the frontline Iraqi forces. We did this in Afghanistan and it worked very well.
    — Send in armored divisions to cut the supply lines between the Syria-Iraq border.
    — Provide heavy weapons for the Kurds. Help liberate Mosul.

    Obama doesn’t seem to have any sense of urgency. I wish we had voted for Hillary Clinton instead. We would have real universal healthcare and a president with guts.

    Don’t worry, I will still not vote for those crazy Republicans.

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