Hoyer: Obama administration 'should be considering'  Iraq airstrikes
June 17th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
6 months ago

Hoyer: Obama administration 'should be considering' Iraq airstrikes

Washington (CNN) – The No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday the United States "should be considering" airstrikes in Iraq to counter the insurgency from militant groups sweeping the country.

Speaking to reporters about Iraq, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, blamed Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the deteriorating conditions in the region now.

"He has created a very unstable and dangerous environment," Hoyer said, saying the consequences are serious for the United States and the Middle East.

"We don't want to see a situation created in Afghanistan by the Taliban where you had terrorists clearly intent on attacking the United States of America so this is not just a question of internal security in Iraq. It is a question of bases for training and deployment of attacks on the United States," he said.

If the administration does decide to pursue military airstrikes Hoyer believes President Barack Obama has the authority to do so without consulting Congress, under the Authorization for Use of Military force used to go after al Qaeda in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi argued last week against U.S. military involvement in Iraq.

"I don't think there's any appetite in our country for us to become engaged in any more military activity in Iraq," she said.

Many House Democrats strongly opposed the U.S. military operation in the last Iraq war and have cautioned against the United States getting entangled now in what they view as a complicated sectarian struggle among multiple factions.


Filed under: Congress • Iraq • President Obama • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. John

    Head of ISIS should consider getting rid of his cell phone.......the Vegas over and under on his remaining days alive is 17.

    June 17, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Gary

    I'm sure he's considering air strikes, like he's considering all the options. Unlike those on the right who can only come up with one option, War.

    June 17, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Ol' Yeller

    @Patriot
    "Chris E is from Alabama..... enough said. Pay no attention."

    Alabama called and they insist on an apology and strongly deny Chris E was inbred in their state.
    They said check Mississippi.

    June 17, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    "Many House Democrats strongly opposed the U.S. military operation in the last Iraq war and have cautioned against the United States getting entangled now in what they view as a complicated sectarian struggle among multiple factions"

    Yes... we know this.
    Daddy bush knew this. He wrote in his book that the reason he did not proceed into Iraq during the Gulf War was because it would have been 'a quagmire' and impossible to disentangle from...
    Apparently, dubya had not learned to read by that time, or simply ignored what his daddy and everyone else (except the warmongering neo cons and oil profiteers) were saying and went in anyway. To go back into Iraq militarily, for the reasons here, would be utter foolishness.....
    as evidenced by some of the rwnj being for it...

    June 17, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. CryBabies

    Oh the idiots among us! (And I'm not talking about Hoyer.)

    June 17, 2014 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Aban

    John

    Head of ISIS should consider getting rid of his cell phone.......the Vegas over and under on his remaining days alive is 17.
    *************
    He will be the next ruler of the country. I don't think he is too worried.

    June 17, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Thomas

    I thought we sold a few apache gun ships the the New Iraqi Government .

    Why stand and fight for your freedom when you can move to San Diego and start a new life ?

    Where is Ahmad Chalabi , on his ranch in Texas ?

    June 17, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Smitty

    But wait Obumbles said they were on the run !!! Just another failure.

    June 17, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  9. zcyrus

    John Kerry must listen to the Senator Mccain.
    Head of snake is in Iran. They make tensions in the region to make the nuclear bomb faster.

    June 17, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Jerry

    Why, let the Iraqi military deal with it and have them conduct airstrikes

    June 17, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Wow, gee whiz, I guess the Right must be really happy that they can go send in a new group of Americans to die to cover up their colossal errors in Iraq. Nothing like a row of new graves in Arlington and a thousand other locations to give them a thrill, eh Tommy G?

    June 17, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Smitty

    Another day another failure by Obaamy and the gang,

    June 17, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. Ron L

    NEWS FLASH...the CONGRESS HAS THE POWER TO DECLARE WAR. If they want our country to drop bombs they need to bring it to the floor of the congress and VOTE on it. But they will NEVER do this, since it is easier to criticize a President (any President) than it is to do THEIR JOB. They are sickening, both sides have become all blather and very little action.

    June 17, 2014 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. J Anthony

    @Rick McD: ah yes, our "interests.." care to specify?

    June 17, 2014 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Winston Smith

    Consider this. Put the following in parachutes, Bush, Chaney, Rumsfeld, Limbaugh and Hannity. Put all of them on the next transport over to Iraq and push them through the door. Let's see their dedication to seeing the war to a logical conclusion.

    June 17, 2014 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. tom l

    rs said:
    "You gotta love the GOP. Now its airstrikes"
    ========

    Anybody? Buehler? Buehler? This might be my favorite post of all time because it says soooo much about someone like rs. Just to fill you in, because lord knows that no member of the gang would correct you, Mr. Hoyer is a democrat.

    Too funny.

    June 17, 2014 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. tom l

    rs said:
    "You gotta love the GOP. Now its airstrikes"
    ========

    Anybody? Buehler? Buehler? This might be my favorite post of all time because it says soooo much about someone like rs. Just to fill you in, because lord knows that no member of the gang would correct you, Mr. Hoyer is a democrat.

    Too funny.
    =======

    Forgot to add that this so demonstrates how both parties are so beholden to the military industrial complex.

    June 17, 2014 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Something you'll never hear from fox or any other RWNJ echo chamber:

    GW Bush agreed to withdraw all troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, in order to obtain a status of forces agreement (the official name is Agreement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Iraq On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities during Their Temporary Presence in Iraq), which he signed 2008.

    June 17, 2014 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  19. Gyrgyl

    Why not we send this guy, dump there. No new war, read my lip.

    June 18, 2014 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  20. Hot

    I really don't want to waist my money on a situation that is going to end in more bloodshed later on. Let the sectarian violence run its course like it was suppose to 10 years ago before we got involved. Hoyer seems a bit too blood thirsty. Does he have PTSD?

    June 18, 2014 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  21. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Only the GOP and their media could make getting a terrorist a bad thing. Nope let's hold more hearings on what was said after the attack. These people, the GOP and the MSM, are the true terrorists in this country. I fear them and their lies, distortions, and obstruction more than I could ever fear Al Queda.

    June 18, 2014 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  22. Minnie Mouse

    Consider the only option that makes sense which is taking care of our own country. What's happening in Iraq is tragic but no matter what we do to assist, train people, how much money is spent, lives are lost, troop are sent in the fighting, issues and problems will still be escalating. We have already proved it. Iraq needs to help Iraq. The only country we should be considering is America and it's time that we pay more attention to our own!

    America has problems with drugs,, gun violence, poverty, homeless, mentally ill homeless, millions still can't get healthcare, immigration, college that's not affordable, ect....... We have plenty of reason to fend for our own country and not Iraq.

    June 18, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  23. g

    TIME FOR IRAQ TO TAKE CARE OF ITSELF .BOTH SIDES HATE AMERICA.or is this more about haliburton and the American oil companies greed

    June 18, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Let Bill Kristol & the rest of the neocon gang parachute into Baghdad since their solution for every crisis is war.

    June 18, 2014 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  25. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Nothing on Cheney's op-ed yet? Of course not, we'll save that for later when the red staters finally get up. Gotta give them their dose of red meat for the day.....

    But I can't believe Cheney of all people would say this POTUS has put more Americans at risk than any other in history. Oh what a difference a few years make. Apparently Cheney has forgotten all of those dead American soldiers over there fighting his and Lil Bush's wars. The hypocrisy of the right is astounding and the fact that American citizens sit there and eat this BS up is amazing.

    June 18, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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