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.
Yesterday I lost my closest friend in the Iraqi Army to ISIS and our failed policy in Iraq. pic.twitter.com/DERLouYPmL— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) May 6, 2016
- "(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."
- "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.