The PJ Tatler

Obstructionist Lawmaker Wants More Info From White House Before OKing Arms To Iraq

Stupid Repub…oh wait.

An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn’t get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won’t fall into the hands of extremist militants.

In a testy exchange, Sen. Bob Menendez lashed out at senior State Department and Defense Department officials appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he chairs.

The New Jersey senator, who has previously held up the transfer of Apache helicopters to Iraq, said lawmakers haven’t been informed about potential military assistance to Iraq or about its troops’ capability to push back the growing insurgency by rebels calling themselves the Islamic State.

“You know, this committee has jurisdiction over arms sales,” Menendez said. “And my reticence to arms sales to Iraq has in some respects been proven true when in fact we had much of our equipment abandoned and now in the hands of (Sunni extremists).

“So unless you are going to give us a sense of where the security forces are at, moving forward, this chair is not going to be willing to approve more arms sales so they can be abandoned to go to the hands of those who we are seriously concerned about in terms of our own national security.

It seems Menendez is frustrated by the lack of information and clarity coming from the Most Transparent Administration ever. When chastised by a member of Team Lightbringer about believing leaks, the party boy from New Jersey replied:

“Well, the absence of having information leads me to only publicly reported resources,”

Barack Obama may yet become the uniting force that all the hopeychangeys dreamed about: we could very well all end up disliking him.