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Rep. Moulton Criticized 'Failed' Policy In Iraq, Calls For More Diplomatic Supports08:32
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Rep. Seth Moulton, then a Marine Captain, stands alongside both American and Iraqi soldiers in Iraq. Lt. Col Ehab Hashem Moshen is in the center of the second row. (Courtesy, Rep. Seth Moulton)
Rep. Seth Moulton, then a Marine Captain, stands alongside both American and Iraqi soldiers in Iraq. Lt. Col Ehab Hashem Moshen is in the center of the second row. (Courtesy, Rep. Seth Moulton)
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It's not unusual for a member of congress to criticize a president's policy on waging war — particularly here in liberal Massachusetts.

But Congressman Seth Moulton's recent criticism of President Obama's policy in Iraq is noteworthy for a couple reasons: Moulton is a Marine veteran who served four terms in Iraq, and he is blaming Obama's Iraq policy for the recent death of an Iraqi army officer, a close friend with whom Moulton served.

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Rep. Seth Moulton, represents Massachusetts’ 6th District, including Essex County, Cape Ann and the North Shore. He tweets @sethmoulton.

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The Boston Globe: Congressman Mourns Death Of Iraqi Officer, Close Friend

  • "(T)he Islamic State remains a deadly threat there, and Iran is seeking to expand its influence, Moulton said. As such, the United States continues to have a vital role, he added."

The Boston Globe: The US Does Have A Strategy For Iraq

  • "If only the answer in Iraq were as easy as churning out another report to Congress that details a political strategy. Iraq policy has suffered not because of a lack of paperwork (there have been plenty of congressional reports) but because of an unwillingness by Iraqi politicians to make tough compromises."

This segment aired on May 13, 2016.

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