US 'Checked Out' of Iraq, Lacks Influence

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 11:13 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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The U.S. "checked out of Iraq a long time ago," according to former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra, and as a result has lost all intelligence and credibility in the region.

During an appearance on Newsmax TV’s "America’s Forum," Hoekstra said America will have little influence on whether Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stays or goes. There is increasing pressure, both in the U.S. and the Middle East, for the Iraqi leader to step down, according to CNN.

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"We don’t have credibility, we don’t have the influence in there anymore and I don’t think we've got the knowledge in terms of saying, you know we want Maliki out and this is what we've got to put in its place," Hoekstra said.

The Sunni terror organization ISIS —  Islamic State of Iraq and Syria —  has waged a bloodbath in Iraq in its attempts to establish an Islamic state, known as a caliphate.

Hoekstra opined that the "Iraq as we know it is over." He predicted it will divided into three territories comprised of Sunnis, Shias and Kurds and most likely cause upheaval in Syria and Turkey.

"It will impact Syria, that's a given with the Syrian government disintegrating," he said, pointing out that what will happen with Kurds in northern Iraq, Turkey and Iran is the looming question.

"You've got to also take a look west, what are the implications of Jordan? King Abdullah. Folks that I've talked to here in the Netherlands and other European leaders, we are all concerned about the future of King Abdullah."

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