Pete King: Islamic State 'More Powerful Than Qaeda on 9/11'
Other politicians point to growing threat
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2014 1:19 PM CDT
In this Sept. 26, 2013, file photo, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. talks on his phone as he walks to a Republican caucus on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – With the United States today dropping a fourth round of airstrikes on Iraq's Islamic State militants, the pope expressing outrage over the humanitarian situation, and Iraq claiming that militants had slaughtered some 500 Yadizis, naturally our elected lawmakers felt compelled to offer up their two cents on the situation there. Highlights, as per Politico:

  • Sen. Dick Durbin: "The bottom line is this: There is so much we can do to help the Iraqis help themselves. Because only Iraq can save Iraq. When it comes to Kurds, they have been the grownups in this neighborhood." And further: "I can tell you this: Escalating it is not in the cards."
  • Rep. Peter King: The Islamic State is "more powerful now than al-Qaeda was on 9/11." It's "a direct threat to the United States of America, and what Dick Durbin just said and what President Obama has said, is really a shameful abdication of American leadership."

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham: "If he does not go on the offensive against ISIS, ISIL, whatever you guys want to call it, they are coming here. This is just not about Baghdad. This is just not about Syria. And if we do get attacked, then (Obama) will have committed a blunder for the ages."
  • Sen. Ben Cardin: "I don't think we can take out ISIS from a military point of view from the use of our airstrikes. That's not going to solve the problem. The fundamental problem is whether the Iraqis believe they have a representative government so that Sunnis feel comfortable with the government in Baghdad. There is not a US military solution to this issue. We're not going to use our military to take care of what the Iraqis should be taking care of."
  • Former National Security Adviser James Jones: "The Kurds are our best friends in the region, and we can't let Kurdistan fall," he said, adding that it's "ludicrous" that the Kurdistan Regional Government is classified as a terrorist group.

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Aug 16, 2014 1:21 PM CDT
President Herbert Hoover, NOT FDR, had his picture taken with Hitler! President Bush, Not Obama, played golf with his comrade, Vladimir Putin! President Reagan, Not Obama, ordered Oliver North to sell arms to Ayatollah Khomeni! American foreign policy?
Aug 13, 2014 7:49 PM CDT
If we can't defend the US from Islam extremist then what is the point of Homeland Security, Iraq, Afghanistan, War on terror? Time to send the troops to defend America not foreign poppies and oil. When they steal WMDs then worry.
Aug 12, 2014 6:09 PM CDT
Peter King is a blockhead who should be changing mufflers on cars under the supervision of of a qualified mechanic.