Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) sees nothing that President Barack Obama can do to resolve the sectarian conflict currently flaring up in Iraq.
“I don’t think there’s anything President Obama can do to lead this country back to a solution of Iraq,” Moran told the Wichita Eagle on Monday. “In my view, it was a mistake to leave precipitously, but having that decision been made, then I don’t think you can put this back together again.”
Moran, who served in the House of Representatives when the U.S. invaded Iraq, told the Eagle he was convinced to send troops there after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dispersed his skepticism. He later opposed further troop surges, and told the Eagle that he is opposed to sending U.S. troops back to Iraq this time around.
“I think trying to go back in and correct the circumstances that it (Iraq) is now in – I just don’t see a path by which we would have success,” he told the newspaper. “And I actually hate reaching that conclusion, because there are so many people who have sacrificed lives in regard to trying to make Iraq a better place and freedom and liberty in that part of the world that it will be more difficult to find the success in their sacrifice.”
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