June 16th, 2014
02:47 PM ET
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
Hillary Clinton plants herself firmly with White House on Iraq
June 13th, 2014
12:41 PM ET
4 months ago

Hillary Clinton plants herself firmly with White House on Iraq

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton has firmly planted herself with the White House and those who say the United States should not provide military assistance – particularly airstrikes – to the Iraqi government in response to the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and other militants.

In both lengthy remarks at a George Washington University book event and an interview with the BBC on Friday, Clinton blasted Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the current state of Iraq that, she argued, allowed radical Islamist militants to surge through the country and threaten the capital Baghdad.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iraq
Breaking news: Obama to make statement on Iraq
June 13th, 2014
11:45 AM ET
4 months ago

Breaking news: Obama to make statement on Iraq

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will make a statement Friday on Iraq at the White House prior to leaving on a trip to North Dakota.

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Filed under: Iraq • President Obama
March 27th, 2014
10:10 AM ET
7 months ago

Inside Politics: Rand Paul’s 50-state network

Breaking Thursday morning: The Washington Post’s Robert Costa reports that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has expanded his political network to all 50 states in an effort to broaden his base and lay the groundwork for a presidential campaign.

Costa joined CNN's "Inside Politics" to discuss his report that Paul’s nationwide team of 200 people blends traditional Republicans with the more libertarian-minded supporters of Paul’s father, Ron, who ran for president in 2008 and 2012.

Rand Paul’s challenge as a Republican, like his father’s, is to convince the national party that his views work with theirs. He opposes the war on drugs, for instance. He also opposes the use of drones to combat terrorism and the National Security Agency’s ability to collect phone and Internet data. Those are issues that draw support from national security hawks who have dominated the GOP for years.

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Filed under: Iraq • Jeb Bush • Pope Francis • Rand Paul • Sheldon Adelson
January 12th, 2014
10:50 AM ET
9 months ago

McCain: Send Petraeus back to Iraq

(CNN) - President Barack Obama should send David Petraeus, a retired four-star general who ran the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, back to Iraq to help deal with the growing unrest in the country, Sen. John McCain said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Arizona Republican also weighed in on a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying he would have waited a bit longer to release the book, which offers a blistering critique of the Obama administration.
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Filed under: Iraq • John McCain • Robert Gates • TV-State of the Union
Boehner accuses President of ignoring Iraq, calls for US to send equipment
January 9th, 2014
01:10 PM ET
10 months ago

Boehner accuses President of ignoring Iraq, calls for US to send equipment

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner Thursday accused President Obama of ignoring the threat of al Qaeda linked groups gaining power in Iraq and called for the U.S. to send "some equipment and some services" to help the Iraqis mount a counter-terrorism effort.

"Starting with the President delegating his responsibilities to the Vice President, the administration has chosen to spend much of its time and its energy trying to explain why having terrorists holding key terrain in the Middle East is not the president's problem," Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference.

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Filed under: Iraq • John Boehner • President Obama
McCain and Graham slam Obama for Iraq violence
January 4th, 2014
06:13 PM ET
10 months ago

McCain and Graham slam Obama for Iraq violence

Washington (CNN) - As the Iraqi army and al Qaeda-linked militants battle for control of the city of Falluja, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are slamming the Obama administration for its Iraq policy.

More than two years after the administration failed to reach a status of forces agreement with Iraq and withdrew all American combat troops from the country, the two senior Republican senators are blaming President Barack Obama for the violence erupting there this week.
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Filed under: Iraq • John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Obama administration
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