The topic of this week’s Sunday shows on the various major news networks, was of course the situation that is developing in Iraq. Ellison Barber does an weekly synopsis of these Sunday shows in a piece for the Washington Free Beacon.
The common theme throughout out the Sunday shows is that the GOP largely blames the actions, or lacks of actions, of the Obama administration for this situation. Another common thread is that Republicans believe that the developing situation likely poses a threat to the United States which would be very similar to 9/11/
President Barack Obama ruled out sending “U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq,” but says he is weighing other options to assist Iraq security forces.
Republicans maintained that it the president’s foreign policy failings have led to the current situation, and without decisive action now the United States is likely to face a threat akin to September 11, 2001.
“We have to ask one single question: is al Qaeda holding [territory] the size of Indiana a problem for the United States?Well, it certainly was when they were in Afghanistan and had time to plan the 9/11 event, and I guarantee you, this is a problem that we will have to face and we’re either going to face it in New York City or we’re going to face it here,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) on “Fox News Sunday.”
Faulting the Obama administration for the current situation in Iraq makes perfect sense in light of his dovish foreign policy recently announced during his commencement speech at West Point.
Sen Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) said that of the mistakes of the administration which led to this situation was the withdrawing of troops from Iraq in 2011.
However, Republicans seems to agree that it is less Obama’s actions which caused the situation, than his inaction, which again makes sense considering his recently announced foreign policy. Mitt Romney blamed the president’s failure to act in Syria a couple of years ago.
Many Republican lawmakers warn that if we do not take action in Iraq, that Iraq and Syria will become ground zero for the next 9/11.
I encourage you to read the entirety of Ellison Barber’s piece on the Washington Free Beacon.