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Rohrabacher: Obama’s Actions in Iraq Both Welcome and Naïve

Aug 18, 2014

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, today released the following statement in response to President Obama's authorization of life-saving aid to refugees in Iraq and ordering of air strikes on Islamic terrorists now threatening the peace and stability of the troubled region:

"I commend President Obama for his decision to provide humanitarian assistance to multitudes of innocent people whose lives are on the brink as a result of the chaos engulfing Iraq and other places in the region. It behooves us as a moral people to deal with this crisis at this moment.

"As commendable as the president's motives are, however, his stated strategy to calm the chaos is naive and unworkable. We might be able to save lives today, but the president has no clue of a long-term strategy to correct the schisms that brought on this suffering.

"To put together a government all factions, sects, and ethnicities can support, which the president is advocating, is about as naive as anything anyone has proposed.

"I call on the president not just to protect helpless refugees, but to recognize Kurdistan's borders as a sovereign nation. This would indicate to both Shi'ites and Sunnis that they too can create their own national entities, live peacefully as neighbors, but not as one country.

"Respecting the differences between the peoples of this region is the only way that peace has a chance. In contrast, trying to force unity is a bridge too far, and we should have learned that lesson by now."

Rohrabacher chairs the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.