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Bridget Johnson


June 13, 2014 - 8:42 am

Blasting an AWOL Iraq strategy from the White House, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said he will not support “a one-shot strike that looks good for the cameras but has no enduring effect.”

“All Americans should be gravely concerned by the turn of events in Iraq. What once had the potential to be a secular democratic foothold in a vital region has spiraled into chaos and bloodshed,” McKeon said in a statement. “In the near term, I am most concerned about the security of the thousands of dedicated Americans working in Iraq. The President must make their safety his first concern.”

“In the longer term, it is clear that we need a new strategy in Iraq and across the Middle East,” he continued. “The president had hoped that as America stepped back from the world, other responsible actors would step forward to provide stability. That hasn’t worked. It isn’t going to work. Our vacillation and inaction in Syira, abandonment of Iraq, politically driven withdrawal from Afghanistan, and senseless cuts to national security resources has allowed the resurrection of a transnational terrorist threat.”

“These extremists now have unprecedented wealth, technology, and a safe haven from which to launch attacks on the United States. They must be stopped.”

However, McKeon stressed, “the White House has a history of ‘considering all options’ while choosing none.”

“There are no quick fix solutions to this crisis …what is needed here is a new strategy for our regional engagement, adequate resourcing of our national security enterprise, and renewed American leadership,” he said. “The president should also ask himself if his White House National Security team is equal to the crisis at hand. I don’t believe they are.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Well, Iran stepped in. God only knows what they are up to but at least they are there. Does anyone know who exactly they are supporting? Last I heard they were helping both sides in Syria. Are they still at it in Iraq?
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“The president had hoped that as America stepped back from the world, other responsible actors would step forward to provide stability."
If Rep. McKeon is correct, and he likely is, who the heck did Obama think would be responsible actors to step in? The ones who might be responsible either don't want in or don't have the resources. The ones who want in and who have the resources are not responsible, not by our lights.
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