- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rep. Robert Pittenger, North Carolina Republican, said Wednesday that the current crisis in Iraq is a directly result of the president’s refusal to break a promise he made while campaigning to withdraw troops.

“[The Islamic State has] become a tremendous threat all because he wanted to keep a campaign promise, one that got him elected. It sounded good,” he said on MSNBC.

Mr. Pittenger said President Obama waited too long to get involved with fighting back against the terrorist group in Iraq, only getting involved now because “he doesn’t want another Benghazi.”

“I think the president’s feckless foreign policy, his precipitous removal of our forces no agreement with the Iraqis in terms of keeping a force there that could have been achieved, he’s left a vacuum,” he said.

The congressman said the militant Islamic State group poses a threat to all countries, saying the group is even a greater threat to the U.S. than al Qaeda was.

“I think it’s a very serious concern beyond the humanitarian relief program,” Mr. Pittenger said. “This has to be addressed. They are an enormous threat to the region and quite frankly to the world.”