June 18th, 2014
07:55 PM ET
1 month ago

Perry weighs in on U.S. options in Iraq

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry left the door open to possible U.S. airstrikes against Iraq.

"The bottom line on this one is they need to leave this to the commanders in the field," Perry said on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday.

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Filed under: Crossfire • Iraq • Rick Perry
House GOP leaders: Keep Iran out of the mix in Iraq
June 18th, 2014
02:00 PM ET
1 month ago

House GOP leaders: Keep Iran out of the mix in Iraq

Washington (CNN) - Ahead of a White House meeting Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner called on President Barack Obama to lay out a "broader strategy" for how to deal with sectarian violence in Iraq, but the Ohio Republican said the United States should "absolutely not" talk to Iranians about the crisis.

"I can just imagine what our friends in the region, our allies will be thinking by reaching out to Iran at a time when they continue to pay for terrorists and foster terrorism not only in Syria, in Lebanon but in Israel as well," Boehner told reporters after the House GOP weekly conference meeting.

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Filed under: Buck Mckeon • Harry Reid • Iraq • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
June 18th, 2014
10:00 AM ET
1 month ago

Cheney rips Obama over foreign policy in op-ed

Washington (CNN) –Former Vice President Dick Cheney and daughter Liz Cheney penned a scathing op-ed in which they offered a blistering critique of President Barack Obama’s handling of the escalating violence in Iraq.

"Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many," wrote Cheney and his daughter, a conservative pundit and former State Department official in the Bush administration, in an opinion piece  for the Wall Street Journal. "Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory."

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Filed under: Dick Cheney • Iraq • Liz Cheney • President Obama
June 17th, 2014
08:40 PM ET
1 month ago

Ted Cruz responds to Hillary Clinton on Benghazi

Updated 12:15 p.m. ET, 6/18/2014

(CNN) – While Hillary Clinton said Tuesday “there are still some unanswered questions” on the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack, Sen. Ted Cruz argued the former secretary of state is blocking those questions from being answered.

“Secretary Clinton from the beginning has stonewalled on this rather than acting as a partner getting to the bottom of what happened,” the Texas Republican said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iraq • Libya • Ted Cruz
Hoyer: Obama administration 'should be considering'  Iraq airstrikes
June 17th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
1 month 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.

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Filed under: Congress • Iraq • President Obama • Steny Hoyer
June 16th, 2014
09:28 PM ET
1 month ago

Former U.S. envoy to Iraq: U.S. needs special forces on ground in Iraq

(CNN) - Paul Bremer, former presidential envoy to Iraq, said Monday that there will have to be special forces on the ground to fight the insurgency from militant groups in Iraq.

In a tense exchange with CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront," Bremer also blamed President Barack Obama for pulling out all forces in 2011 instead of leaving a residual troop presence to ensure security in the region.

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Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
June 16th, 2014
02:47 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama has 'fundamental' set of options on Iraq

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has a "fundamental" set of options for a military response to the crisis in Iraq, a White House official told CNN Monday. The options could be tweaked or changed somewhat, the official added.

The President's entire national security team spent much of the weekend urgently preparing options for potential military action against the militant group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, senior administration officials said. Obama will review those options with national security officials Monday evening, incoming press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

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Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
June 15th, 2014
11:02 AM ET
1 month ago

Graham: Obama 'stubborn-headed,' 'delusional' on Iraq

(CNN) – An ardent critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, Sen. Lindsey Graham labeled the President as "stubborn-headed,” “delusional" and "detached" over his decision on a U.S. reaction to the unfolding violence in Iraq.

The South Carolina Republican argued Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union" for more intervention in the country, as Sunni militant fighters ramp up attacks in the region.

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Filed under: Iraq • Lindsey Graham • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
Obama’s California weekend: Iraq, climate, and Father’s Day
June 14th, 2014
02:11 PM ET
1 month ago

Obama’s California weekend: Iraq, climate, and Father’s Day

Palm Springs, California (CNN) — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are trading Washington’s late spring humidity for Southern California’s scorching desert heat, spending a long Father’s Day weekend near Palm Springs.

Like all presidential getaways, the Obamas’ Californian oasis comes equipped with a cadre of aides and secure communications equipment to ensure the business of running the country isn’t far away.
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Filed under: climate change • Iraq • President Obama
McCain: Fire the joint chiefs chairman, too
June 13th, 2014
07:06 PM ET
1 month ago

McCain: Fire the joint chiefs chairman, too

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain added Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey to his list of people the President should fire over the deteriorating situation in Iraq.

In an interview Friday on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” the Arizona Republican also called for the United States to conduct airstrikes in Iraq to stop advances by the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
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Filed under: Iraq • John McCain • TV-The Situation Room
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