In remarks today on Capitol Hill, Speaker of House John Boehner called for action in Iraq:
“On Iraq: It’s been a week now since ISIL fighters stormed Ramadi – the capital of Iraq’s largest province. Hundreds of innocent Iraqi men, women and children have been executed, dozens of U.S.-supplied tanks and military vehicles have been seized," said Boehner.
“The White House still insists that no new strategy is needed. It says the president’s policies have been a success. It just isn’t credible, things need to change.
“A stable and sovereign Iraq is vital to America’s interests. As I told the Iraqi prime minister when I was there before Easter, I was embarrassed that the Iraqis had to bring the Iranians in to help them with the fight in Tikrit.
“To win this fight, the president is going to have to scrap his policies that aren’t working, lay out a broad, overarching strategy to defeat these savage terrorists. What could it look like?
“To start, instead of placing artificial constraints on our commanders, it’s critical that we have a strategy that ensures that conditions on the ground dictate our approach. But I think security is just one piece of this overarching strategy. I think we need to better engage in a meaningful way with Islamic leaders to address the factors that are driving this radicalization. And we need a plan to combat ISIL’s sophisticated use of social media and communications. It’s a battle that we’re losing right now. And, any overarching strategy has to put a priority on backing – not ignoring – America’s allies in the region.
“In the House, Republicans are committed to working with the president to ensure that our troops have what they need to carry out their vital missions. Sadly, Democrats continue to say they won’t support a raise in pay for our troops until they get more domestic spending. So as we pause for Memorial Day to reflect on the great sacrifices made by those who wore the uniform, I hope they’ll reconsider their position.
“After all, the American people sent us to Washington to focus on their priorities, not Washington’s.”
In a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet "needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly." This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for "a technology founded on freedom."
Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, Kerry said that Internet policy is "a key component of our foreign policy."
John Kerry is hoping to offer North Korea "a more legitimate entry road to the global community and to the norms of international behavior." The example the secretary of state has for the rogue regime? Iran.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie told CNN's Jake Tapper Tuesday that it "wasn't" the right decision to go to war in Iraq, given what we know now about the intelligence failures leading up to the invasion in 2003.
"Now, I think President Bush made the best decision he could at the time, given that his intelligence community was telling him that there was WMD and there were other threats right there in Iraq," said Christie. "But I don't think you can honestly say that if we knew then that there was no WMD, that the country should have gone to war. So my answer would be 'no.'"
In an editorial for the new issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Bill Kristol notes the "ludicrous" "guarantee" Secretary of State John Kerry made last week regarding Iran's so-called breakout capacity towards nuclear weapons. Kerry told Israelis:
At the top of our next president’s task list will be rescuing American foreign policy from the wreckage of the Obama years. The prevailing headlines detail a grim litany of new threats, each one emanating from an Obama administration policy failure.