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Pete Hoekstra: US Doesn't Need Iran and Its '70s-Era Jets In ISIS Fight

By    |   Thursday, 04 Dec 2014 11:34 AM

It would be “absolutely outrageous” if the United States is coordinating in any way with Iran to serve as an intermediary in the battle against ISIS inside Iraq, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra said Thursday on Newsmax TV's “America’s Forum.”

“We do not need Iranian help to conduct air operations with '70s era jets against ISIS,” he said. “We own the skies above Iraq and Syria, us and our allies. We have another mission with Iran, that is to continue strict sanctions on Iran and to do everything possible to stop their development of nuclear weapons. We don't need them as an ally to confront and to defeat ISIS. If we're coordinating with them, shame on us.”

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Hoekstra supports Sen. Rand Paul’s resolution for a formal declaration of war, though he disagrees with some of the specifics.

“I applaud the work that Sen. Paul and some others on Capitol Hill are trying to do to get Congress back in this process, to frame for the president, but also to frame for America, what our responsibilities are, who we're at war with, and what authorities we are going to give to the executive branch to conduct military operations,” he said.

He takes issue, though, with narrowing the declaration down to just fighting ISIS and putting a one-year time limit on it.

“Those are technical things that I might want to change but having the discussion, framing this between Congress and the president to define our activities and war, that's a healthy thing to do.

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Hoekstra characterized the current battle with ISIS as being at a “stalemate.”

“ISIS is making some progress in certain areas,” he said. “I do some work with the Kurds, the Kurds are making progress in parts of northern Iraq, but to really change conditions on the ground, it's not going to be American boots on the ground. It's going to be training and equipping the folks that are willing to shed blood and to take casualties to defeat ISIS.

"Who is that? Number one, it is the Kurds. Number two, it is the Iraqi military, and number three it is the Sunni tribes and we have not put in place a foreign policy that is working quickly and effectively to get these groups that are willing to fight, to get them to the point where they can engage offensively ISIS and roll ISIS back.” 

There is a growing competition between ISIS and al-Qaida for leadership within the radical jihad movement, according to Hoekstra, amping up the level of violence.

“Rather than moderating, it recognizes that to be the leader, it needs to become more radical,” he said. “I'm very concerned about what may happen to this American and other Western hostages that are held by al-Qaida.”

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