Progressive Caucus Leader Backs Obama’s Military Action In Iraq


Rep. Keith Ellison, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, on Friday backed President Barack Obama’s latest military action in Iraq.

The Minnesota Democrat cautioned that he’s “wary of mission creep” and insisted the military intervention be “limited.” His statement is nevertheless a sign that the liberal wing of the Democratic party, which led the charge in bringing the Iraq war to an end, is standing behind Obama for now.

Ellison provided the following statement to TPM:

“I support the President’s humanitarian response to help the Iraqi Yazidis and Christians who have been ruthlessly attacked by ISIL. The President should also protect American diplomatic and military personal in Irbil. Like many Americans, I am wary of mission creep and the possibility of being further embroiled in a situation that has no military solution; American military intervention in Iraq should be limited in scope and duration. Moreover, American engagement in Iraq should involve the international community – all nations have the responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

“If military operations in Iraq continue, the President should seek Congressional authorization for further engagement. Just last month the House passed a bill authored by Rep. McGovern, and which I cosponsored, which specifically prevents the President from deploying American armed forces to Iraq without Congressional authorization.”