Hoyer: Obama administration 'should be considering'  Iraq airstrikes
June 17th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
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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
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  1. Tommy G

    The No. House Democrat said Tuesday the United States "should be considering" airstrikes in Iraq to counter the insurgency from militant groups sweeping the country.
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    WHOA!!! A Democrat with a functioning brain!! Stop the presses!!! A Democrat who thinks that maybe, just maybe, an Al Quada takeover of Iraq would be a bad thing for this country and the world. I can hardly wait until the rest of the Democrat Borg collective starts attacking him for this. It isn't going to be pretty.

    June 17, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. steve

    where would an air strike be aimed? We learned through lies about iraq the last time and need to be very cautious about getting involved again!

    June 17, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Sniffin

    Traiterous war monger. Crawl back in your hole and STFU because we don't care what you think.

    June 17, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Frankly, I don't care if we nuke the entire country, but that's just me. Airstrikes sound all well and dandy, but I don't see how we go on a bombing campaign without inflicting enormous collateral damage. ISIS is blended in with the civilian population so there's no telling who's who. There needs to be intelligence operatives on the ground to identify targets.

    June 17, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    steve
    where would an air strike be aimed? We learned through lies about iraq the last time and need to be very cautious about getting involved again!

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    Exactly. ISIS is in towns and villages, not on a base or encampment somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Air strikes would do a lot of damage to a lot of civilians, and that's about it.

    June 17, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    With all due respect Mr. Hoyer, please, be quiet. Who or what are we going to bomb? This jihadi civil war has no good solutions from America's perspective. Diplomacy is a poor option because there is no compromising when it comes to religious beliefs. Military action is poor option because it means picking a side, which is the last thing we really want to do.

    June 17, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    Frankly, I don't care if we nuke the entire country, but that's just me. Airstrikes sound all well and dandy, but I don't see how we go on a bombing campaign without inflicting enormous collateral damage. ISIS is blended in with the civilian population so there's no telling who's who. There needs to be intelligence operatives on the ground to identify targets.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I recommend we send bremmer, wolfowicz and a whole host of other characters from the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's reign of error to act as our "intelligence" on the ground. Maybe they'll find those WMDs at the same time!

    June 17, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    This is why defense contractors call Iraq the gift that keeps on giving.

    June 17, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Tony D

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    Frankly, I don't care if we nuke the entire country, but that's just me. Airstrikes sound all well and dandy, but I don't see how we go on a bombing campaign without inflicting enormous collateral damage.
    -–

    Bombing campaign??? I doubt anybody is talking about this ridiculous option. Try helicopter gunships and drones. Declare the territory controlled by AQ to be a pickup free zone. Any pickup traveling with people in the back of it WILL be destroyed. Then once they crawl into small cars with the guns hanging out the windows, we can profile those as well.

    June 17, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Chris-E...al

    Anyway junk going to hit the fan anyway now . Lead from behind and take a vacation play kiddy ball and all goodtimes ?

    June 17, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. rs

    You gotta love the GOP. Now its airstrikes- to prop up a leader who took away one groups' voting rights, and civil rights, and who essentially told the U.S. to get lost. Never mind siding with the corrupt dictator in Syria, and our old friends the Iranians.Why? Does Haliburton need a little boost?
    No, no Righties- this was the inevitable way your war planning (or, lack thereof) was going to play out- you take out the dictator, and you lose control of the warring factions. This is now up to the citizens of Iraq and Syria to solve

    June 17, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "WHOA!!! A Democrat with a functioning brain!! Stop the presses!!! A Democrat who thinks that maybe, just maybe, an Al Quada takeover of Iraq would be a bad thing for this country and the world. I can hardly wait until the rest of the Democrat Borg collective starts attacking him for this. It isn't going to be pretty."

    WHOA!!! An imbecile RWNJ talking point parrot spewing unsurprisingly superficial gross mischaracterizations of the entire issue and what Dems think in order to provide himself with easier straw men to argue against!!!!

    Yawn. How very boring. You claimed that Dems somehow think Al Qaeda taking over Iraq would be great or at least just fine and dandy. Yawn Yawn Yawn Yawn m-er-f-ing YAWN.

    June 17, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Tommy G
    . I can hardly wait until the rest of the Democrat Borg collective starts attacking him for this"

    Followed by

    "Sniffin
    Traiterous war monger. Crawl back in your hole and STFU because we don't care what you think."

    Pro Tip: If you're going to create sockpuppets to try to prove yourself right, Tommy, please remember to spell their names right.

    June 17, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. Reg

    At this point the militants will most likely take Baghdad. Obama sent 275 troops over and if that is all we are sending we ought to just pull everyone out and not endanger our soldiers or personnel. Militants will be ruling that whole country before long when they get around to hitting the US we can worry it about then. Bush's war was a waste and Obama followed with mistakes of his own and there is no point wasting any more time or people over there.

    June 17, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    The Obama regime is unwilling to act, in its own interests.

    June 17, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. DRAKE MALLARD

    Let the rich kids get drafted and the rest voluntarily enlist...that would ensure WAR is a last resort!

    But certainly big business gets in there because wars are very profitable to
    certain big businesses.

    How come politicians never join the military when they are sending other people children to war? To the politicians War is good for business invest your self and own your own children,wife husband!

    June 17, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Malory Archer
    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    Frankly, I don't care if we nuke the entire country, but that's just me. Airstrikes sound all well and dandy, but I don't see how we go on a bombing campaign without inflicting enormous collateral damage. ISIS is blended in with the civilian population so there's no telling who's who. There needs to be intelligence operatives on the ground to identify targets.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I recommend we send bremmer, wolfowicz and a whole host of other characters from the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue's reign of error to act as our "intelligence" on the ground. Maybe they'll find those WMDs at the same time!
    -------------------------–
    I see eye to eye with you on that one. Dick Cheney can run point, do recon and shoot some terrorists bad guys in the face.

    June 17, 2014 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    And the second Obama initiated this Tommy G would be on here posting he should impeached for acting without the authority of congress... we all know his little game of jump back over the fence and criticize whatever Obama does/doesn't do....
    "do something to help the last POW being held!!!"
    "what is Obama doing making a deal to get this traitor back!!
    It is getting really old....

    June 17, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. O'drama ya Mama

    Its irrelevant at this point to discuss the fact that Al Qaeda is in Iraq because of our 2003 invasion BUT its crazy to think that airstrikes are going to fix anything. Choosing sides at this point isnt choosing between the good guys and the bad guys. We will just be supporting a larger terrorist network. The Sunni population is being oppressed and naturally they are fighting back. Isnt that what we did in the 1700s? If we support the Shiite regime then we would but further isolating the Sunni minority giving Iran more power. We did this, its probably best if we dont screw it up anymore then we already have.

    June 17, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. ProudDem

    These are bad guys, executing truck drivers who can't recite a prayer to their satisfaction. If we could take them out, fine. I don't think it would be that easy. On the other hand, some airstrikes could give us a lot of good will with Iran, which has to be a good thing. I'm kind of coming down on the pro side of this.

    June 17, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  21. Thomas

    If anybody see's Ahmed Abdel Hadi Chalabi , tell him know we want our money back .

    The Biggest Scam Artist still living !

    CURVBALL

    June 17, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "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."

    There are a lot of stupid assumptions/premises built into that sentence. Iraq and that area have always been a complicated sectarian struggle, and people recognized it in 2003, not just "now." Moreover, what we're witnesses is the natural and inevitable result of what we started in 2003. The MSM will desperately DESPERATELY avoid coming anywhere close to that honest of a discussion of it BECAUSE THE MSM WAS COMPLICIT IN THIS MESS. Black hole journalism, refusal to inform the public, the corruption of the 4th estate by political advertising money, the false equivalence paradigm, soap opera nontroversy narratives...all of it...you're complicit in what's happening to and in Iraq. How do you people sleep at night? "Just fine thanks...I sleep on a bed made from the zeroes at the end of my paychecks..."

    June 17, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Ah, yes. The been there - did that already strategy. So, we bomb the hell out of them ... and then what?

    June 17, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Patriot

    Chris E is from Alabama..... enough said. Pay no attention.

    June 17, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    You know, the longer we wait, the MORE overextended these Moslem THUGS and murders GET. And when the air power DOES come in , these PIGS WILL.get SLAUGHTERED as they scurry bacteria to the hole in the ground they came from in Syria , let them keep coming, then kill them the zarcowi WANABES!!!!!

    June 17, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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