Despite a decade of American investment, Iraq is a lost cause, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former Marine, says.
"Unfortunately, Iraq is gone," the Californian said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File." "There is no getting this back."
Hunter was a U.S. Marine in 2004 and fought during the Battle of Fallujah. He told Fox News that whether the efforts of the U.S. military in Iraq are deemed successful depends on one's definition of success.
"If the level is that they're not going to attack our allies and they're not going to be able to attack us, then we've succeeded," Hunter said, noting that Iraq is no longer led by a dictator like Saddam Hussein, and no longer has the ability to build nuclear weapons.
"But if your idea of success is a peaceful nation that tries to work against Iran and the other evil regimes there in that area, then we've failed," he said.
The al-Qaida flag has been raised
in Fallujah and other Iraqi towns since President Barack Obama withdrew all troops in December 2011. Troops who fought in Fallujah said they felt a "gut punch"
when the town fell to al-Qaida in January.
Hunter said he worries about future engagement in the country, as he has a 13-year-old son he doesn't want to have to go back to Iraq "to fix the mistakes that this president made when he abandoned everything that we fought for there."
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