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article imageDick Cheney to GOP on ISIS: Lets send U.S. troops back into Iraq

By Can Tran     Sep 10, 2014 in Politics
Before U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation on his plans to deal with the Islamic State, former Vice President Dick Cheney is making the case to the GOP to send troops into Iraq.

Tonight, United States President Barack Obama is going to address the nation on his strategy to deal with the Islamic State aka “ISIS/ISIL.” There is the implication and speculation that Obama could be sending troops back to the Middle East let alone Iraq where ISIS originated from. It is unknown what Obama is going to be saying in regards to his plans on dealing with ISIS after getting criticized for not coming up with a plan a few weeks ago. Before Obama is due to address the nation and to address the United States Congress, former Vice President Dick Cheney (who served under then-US President George W. Bush) decided to go on the offensive against Obama. In a matter of two days, former VP Cheney went on the offensive against Obama by claiming that the United States needs to head back into Iraq.
According to the most recent poll conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, which was conducted early this morning, Americans feel “less safe” now. The people are divided on different actions such as staying only with air strikes in Syria or have the addition of ground troops. In terms of foreign policy, according to the poll, Obama's approval rating is only at 32 percent.
Mother Jones reports that the Democratic Party is in disarray on what course to take when dealing with the ISIS. Liberal Democrats feel that by further intervening in Iraq, more terrorists could be created in the future. That means, more people to join the ranks of the ISIS.
Yesterday, in a meeting with House Republicans at Capitol Hill in Washington DC, Cheney said that US security is in danger and that the government needs to act. There was the hint that Obama could send troops back into Iraq. It is reported that none of the House Republicans have challenged Cheney on his views on dealing with the ISIS. Still believing in the Iraq War of 2003, Cheney felt that the United States could have won in Iraq after Bush left office in 2009 as the New York Times reports. It also reports that according to Tom Cole (R-OK), it cannot be Bush or Cheney's fault anymore and that it has to start becoming Obama's fault. The article reports that Cheney neglected to address the fact that many of those leading the ISIS were members of Iraq's military.
For those that might have forgotten, Paul Bremer gave two executive orders in regards to Iraq. The first executive order was to dissolve the Baath Party. The second executive order was to disband Iraq's military. Many of Iraq's former military servicemen ended up joining with the Iraqi insurgents.
Back to Obama, Cheney said that Obama poorly prepared against the threat posed by the ISIS. He blamed the ISIS' expansion on Obama's foreign policy. Much earlier, when Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) attacked Cheney by saying “he should look at himself in the mirror,” Cheney responded that Paul was an “isolationist” and doesn't understand the dangers posed by terrorism. On September 4, TIME published an op-ed by Paul saying that he's not an isolationist.
According to Paul, there are some surprised that he supports destroying the ISIL & ISIS through military means. He says he is neither an isolationist nor an interventionist. Paul said that do not mistake “reluctance going into war” as a “lack of resolve.” In the op-ed, Paul talks about what he would do if he was US President. He criticized Obama's administration for “dereliction of duty.”
He pointed out his strategy in dealing with the ISIS.
Today, when speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Cheney said that the country is at war against the ISIS.
However, not all Republicans agree with Cheney. Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) said that Republicans do not agree with Cheney's foreign policy stance. Amash implied that Republicans could support the idea of limited airstrikes. He talked about how one shouldn't be listening to the “war hawks.”
Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) said that one shouldn't start war in the Middle East because a few journalists were murdered. When addressing the murders, Massie said that an investigation needs to be carried out such and finding out which country the journalists were murdered in first. Also, he felt that those videos were to enrage Americans enough to want to go into war which would end up playing in favor of the ISIS. Massie said that he is "war-weary" and his constituents are war-weary, too.
Amash and Massie are examples that not all Republicans agree with Cheney's stance. Also, Cheney's stance has come under attack from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Reid, who supports Obama's use of airstrikes and drones, aid that listening to Cheney wouldn't be good. However, the article on Reid by The Blaze also notes that Reid ignored the fact that he supported Bush's request to fight in Iraq. Reid warned that listening to the likes of Cheney would be repeating mistakes of the past and not learning from them.
A New York Times blog post by Carol Giacomo criticizes Cheney and other Obama critics of “throwing stones when they live in glass houses.” In her blog, Giacomo paints Cheney as a person who thinks that war is the only solution when it comes to dealing with foreign policy issues. But, she does mention that Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed while Obama is still in office. In terms of national security, Giacomo says that Cheney's the last person who should be criticizing Obama on his foreign policy and national security stance. She points out Cheney's role in the 2003 Iraq War that ended up costing a lot of money and producing little to no results.
While Cheney blasts Obama for allowing the ISIS to expand, Giacomo points out that the situations that the Iraq War created gave birth to the ISIS.
At 9PM EST, Obama will be addressing the nation on his strategy of dealing with the ISIS/ISIL. There is the question on whether or not he should get authorization from Congress. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), an Iraq War veteran, said that the GOP is divided on the issue back in the CNN article on Cheney's speech at the AEI. While Kinzinger feels that Obama has the authority to do airstrikes; at the same time, he said that the lawmakers have the responsibility to go on record. He implied that Congress needs to hold a vote before the midterm elections this November.
Yesterday, to Congress, Obama said that he has the authority to act against the Islamic State.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) feel that Obama doesn't need Congressional approval; according to Graham, going before Congress to seek approval could be bad for him. At the same time, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Obama needs to get support from Congress. According to Paul, Obama would be tossing the Constitution away if he acted without addressing Congress.
In terms of McCain and the ISIS, Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) took a jab at him. According to Ryan, the US would be involved in several wars across the world if McCain ended up as US President. He accuses McCain of using the the threat of the Islamic State as an “excuse” to send ground troops back into the Middle East let alone Iraq and Syria where ISIS has the largest concentration. When it comes to the fighting, Ryan took a jab of the “budget hawks” in the GOP implying that they are “hypocrites” when they talk about the budget but at the same time want to use money to send troops overseas to fight.
Like Massie, Ryan said that he's war-weary, too.
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