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Rep. Peter King: Obama’s actions in Iraq are “shameful”

- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, said Sunday that the president's unwillingness to get more involved when the militant group is a direct threat to the U.S. is "a shameful abdication of American leadership."

"We see this coming [and] so for the president to say we're doing airstrikes, we're not doing anything else. .. what kind of leadership is that? You never let the enemy know what you're going to do," he said on "Meet the Press."

Mr. King said the United States shouldn't be taking anything off the table, especially as the militant group ISIS amass more money and more weapons than al Qaeda did prior to 9/11.

The president's eagerness to end the war in Iraq and completely withdraw is what got the country into this current situation, Mr. King said.

"All he ended was American influence in Iraq, and that's the failure, and it's on his hands. What a weak leader," he said.

While Mr. King said the U.S. should be willing to do whatever it takes, Majority Whip Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said that the U.S. cannot become more involved with the crisis in Iraq by putting troops on the ground.

"Escalating it is not in the cards," he said earlier on the show. "Neither the American people nor Congress want to escalate this conflict beyond where it is today. President Obama made it clear it's a limited strike."

The president authorized a series of airstrikes over the past few days in Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and assets in the region as well as help improve the humanitarian crisis with air dropped aid packages.

Mr. Durbin said America can provide help to Iraqis but can not save their country for them.

"There's no question that this ISIS threat in Syria and in Iraq is growing and troublesome. The big question is what America can do to stop it," he said. "We cannot send the troops; we must not send the troops."

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