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ISTOOK: Marine veteran Rep. Hunter says Obama squandered America’s victory in Iraq
The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | Ernest Istook

Posted on 06/13/2014 9:39:08 AM PDT by jazusamo

President Barack Obama has squandered America’s military victory in Iraq, says Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., California Republican and a former Marine major who served two combat tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.

And the squandering of that victory could now lead to wider-than-ever fighting in the Mideast.

“We won the war and it was done,” Mr. Hunter said. “He squandered that military victory for political reasons. This should upset everybody who put a yellow ribbon on their door or put a veterans sticker on their car and everybody who served or had friends or family who served.”

Mr. Hunter made his comments Thursday on “The Ernest Istook Radio Show” on The Washington Times Radio Network.

~snip~

Mr. Hunter was pessimistic that Congress can do anything to remedy the situation, or reassure other nations that they can rely on the U.S. in the future.

“I don’t think anybody can make this president realize what America’s role in the world should be. Frankly, I think he’s minimized America’s role internationally on purpose. This is what he wants,” said Mr. Hunter.

“I don’t think this president gives a damn. He’s turned his back on all our allies. We need a new president … I don’t want my son to have to go back to Iraq.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: duncanhunter; foreignpolicy; iraq; isis; obama; stevebucci; terrorism
Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. nailed it.
1 posted on 06/13/2014 9:39:08 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Obummer, the impotent potentate,
doesn`t want to start a foreign war-
he wants to start a domestic war.


2 posted on 06/13/2014 9:41:29 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: jazusamo

(repost from my earlier comment)

“Bush started it

All Bush’s fault

Buck stops at Bush and only Bush

....”

BTW, all you peons know he inherited the mess, right?


3 posted on 06/13/2014 9:41:46 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: jazusamo

He is correct


4 posted on 06/13/2014 9:44:38 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: jazusamo

“squandered”???

I think obama has Iraq just where he wanted it to be and is passing out candies as sharia is installed and beheadings are escalated. O is a perverted, sick sob.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 9:45:04 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: jazusamo

He’s right, of course. Anything Zero touches turns to ****.


6 posted on 06/13/2014 9:46:37 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: jazusamo

Here’s the story...

Obama got sandbagged BIGTIME by the Syrian rebels. Obama gave them arms, money and training. They asked for more and more...and they got it. They stockpiled the arms and held back the best fighters, so they could knock down a berm and invade Iraq.

This all is NOT a story because a progressive media darling named John McCain is fully complicit.


7 posted on 06/13/2014 9:46:44 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Sir Napsalot

Nixon inherited Vietnam from Johnson, but according to RFK (whose brother actually ginned-up the war) McGovern and other liberal doochbags, it was `Nixon’s war’.
Did you know John Frikken Kerry served in Vietnam?


8 posted on 06/13/2014 9:49:55 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: tumblindice

And as we speak, the SOB has not made a decision to intervene.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 10:07:44 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: jazusamo

But the White Hut staff is preparing some really awesome hashtags!


10 posted on 06/13/2014 10:10:00 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: jazusamo
To all Iraq War vets from this Vietnam War vet, welcome to the club.
Those serving in both wars have watched the political class walk away from our commitments, squander our meager gains and abandon those who stood beside us to a terrible fate and the harsh reality that the United States is not to be relied upon or feared.
It is impossible to ignore the comparison of Saigon on the eve of the North Vietnam occupation on April 30, 1975 and Baghdad on June 12, 2014. Some of us will always remember the photos of the scramble to board helicopters atop the roof as the last of the U.S presence was withdrawn. I am confident Iraq vets will be haunted by their own symbols if things turn out, as it appears today they will, in Baghdad.
In the case of Vietnam the U.S. failed to enforce the Paris Peace Treaty when December 13, 1974 North Vietnam invaded the south at Phuoc Long, predictable after the passage of the Case-Church Amendment the previous year. As for Iraq, failure of the U.S. to reach a new status of forces agreement with the Iraq government left no means to influence events on the ground leading to the current insurgent offensive.
Both demonstrate the absence of political will. No matter the arguments regarding the justification or methods of conduct of these wars the result for those South Vietnamese and Iraqis who tied their futures to the U.S. proves devastating.
In Southeast Asia friends of the U.S. suffered relocation, reeducation camps and deaths numbering hundreds of thousands; in Iraq they may very likely lose their head.
11 posted on 06/13/2014 10:10:26 AM PDT by pasodave
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To: jazusamo

So if we followed Rep. Hunter’s proposal to leave thousands of troops in Iraq then right now they’d be caught in the middle of this civil war. Which means we’d either have to pull them out or send in more. Does Rep. Hunter honestly think that is a good thing?


12 posted on 06/13/2014 10:10:49 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: jazusamo

He needn’t convince me that soebakah is a Treasonous islamist pigdog.


13 posted on 06/13/2014 10:11:35 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: DoodleDawg
Hunter can go to hell no more dead American soldiers for this rotten part of the world. Let Hunter send his own sons to war!
14 posted on 06/13/2014 10:12:33 AM PDT by angcat
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To: jazusamo

Rep Duncan Hunter is a Marine who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan..

His father is Duncan Hunter former Rep who fought in Nam in the Army..

His Dad’s Dad was a decorated Marine in WWII..


15 posted on 06/13/2014 10:23:43 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: tumblindice

but according to RFK (whose brother actually ginned-up the war) McGovern and other liberal doochbags, it was `Nixon’s war’.
________________________________________

How could Robert Kennedy have said it was Nixon’s war when Kennedy was killed in Aug 1968 and Nixon wasn’t elected until Nov of the year..

When Kennedy died it was still Johnson’s war...


18 posted on 06/13/2014 10:26:54 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: DoodleDawg

Did you bother to read the article?

He said 5,000 troops for logistics and communications.

Do you really think ISIS would have attacked had we had a president with an ounce of sense regarding foreign policy?


19 posted on 06/13/2014 10:35:16 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
He said 5,000 troops for logistics and communications.

So then we have 5,000 troops for logistics and communications...and a million screaming Muslim fanatics bearing down on them. Now what?

Do you really think ISIS would have attacked had we had a president with an ounce of sense regarding foreign policy?

Yes. This group didn't just spring out of the ground yesterday. They fought the U.S. during the invasion, have been fighting Asad for some time, and now are turning their sights on al-Makiki. It doesn't matter who the president of the Great Satan was, they would have moved anyway.

20 posted on 06/13/2014 10:44:40 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

Well I’ll go with Hunter’s assessment, he knows of what he speaks.


21 posted on 06/13/2014 10:49:32 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Well I’ll go with Hunter’s assessment, he knows of what he speaks.

Of course he does.

22 posted on 06/13/2014 11:03:10 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: jazusamo
Here is the real news. Iraq will soon become under the control of Iran. This marriage will be the worst headache that we could possible have. The Middle East is done and America will be attacked that will make 9/11 look like nothing.
23 posted on 06/13/2014 11:35:31 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Logical me

I’ve little doubt you’re correct.

0bama stated he’d side with muslims if a choice was to be made and the turkey is keeping his promise.


24 posted on 06/13/2014 11:45:11 AM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Bingo!


25 posted on 06/13/2014 3:12:06 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Tennessee Nana

Wayne Morse, once popular Oregonian, always said it was “Eisenhower’s war”.


26 posted on 06/13/2014 6:24:28 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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