Senator Who Voted For The Iraq War Sees No Solution There For Obama

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.”

h/t Political Wire

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: