Three Top Democrats Support Military Help for Iraq

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 09:44 PM

By Jason Devaney

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Three top congressional Democrats say they would support U.S. military action to combat the growing crisis in Iraq.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, and even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have pledged at least some backing for the option.

According to The Hill, Hoyer suggested the U.S. should launch airstrikes against forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has ties to al-Qaida and is taking over cities as it moves toward Baghdad.

"Most important is that we take direct action now against ISIS, marching down to Baghdad, and prevent them from getting into Baghdad," Feinstein said Tuesday, reports The Hill. Airstrikes, she said, are "absolutely" a possibility.

Hoyer said America's national security would be threatened if Iraq were completely taken over by ISIS, which could result in terrorists' setting up camps and planning future attacks.

"This is not just a question of internal stability in Iraq," Hoyer said. "It is a question of bases for training and deployment of attacks on the United States."

Pelosi, meanwhile, said Monday during an appearance in California that she is in favor of the U.S. military's providing equipment and assistance to the Iraqi military.

"When they say military, as long as they don't mean boots on the ground, then we can talk about something if it means providing equipment or some other assist," said Pelosi, who added that she would support giving weapons to "responsible rebels" in Syria.

Last week, however, Pelosi sang a different tune.

"I don't think there's any appetite in our country for us to become engaged in any more military activity in Iraq," Pelosi said, according to CBS News. "The American people have been exhausted with wars."

President Barack Obama has yet to commit to airstrikes, although he did approve of the military's sending 275 troops to Iraq to protect U.S. citizens and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. U.S. troops withdrew from the nation in 2011.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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