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February 10, 2016

Garamendi on McCain, Graham: ‘Those Two Would Like to Bomb Everywhere’

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., speaks at a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on the Smith-Amash Amendment to the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act that would "prevent the indefinite detention of and use of military custody for individuals detained on U.S. soil - including U.S. citizens - and ensure access to due process and the federal court system, as the Constitution provides." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Garamendi says Congress needs to weigh in on the “slippery slope” of intervention in Iraq. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. John Garamendi on Wednesday joined the chorus of lawmakers from both parties warning against mission creep in Iraq drawing the U.S. back into a war in the Middle East.

Garamendi, in an appearance on MSNBC, said he believes President Barack Obama, who has ordered air strikes on insurgents, humanitarian aid and more troops to Iraq to protect U.S. interests, is operating within the bounds of the War Powers Act, but the California Democrat cautioned that Congress must weigh in if intervention in the splintered country is ramped up further.

“When we return in September, I would hope that Congress would conduct a series of very intense briefings and hearings so that we can learn from the president what his goal is, what the extent of engagement might be and what the slippery slope might look like,” he said. “It is creeping toward war.”

Garamendi took a shot at two high-profile Republican senators — Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona — who have criticized the president for not moving more aggressively against the Islamic State, a group of Sunni insurgents who have routed government forces and terrorized religious minorities in northern Iraq.

“Those two fellows would like to bomb everywhere all of the time and have said that much over the last several years,” he said. “No, I don’t think we ought to follow their lead at all.”

Senators Ted Cruz, a Republican, and Tim Kaine, a Democrat, have also warned in recent days that the president needs to seek congressional approval for further military action in Iraq.

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  • Kent Reed

    Google “Traders Superstore “, it’s about exchanging oil, you will love it, these fellows are doing it right by me.

  • Jack Everett

    All the years we were told America was training and Iraqi army was just more Bush, Obama lies. Iraq has no army, no air force and in the meantime Obama keeps arming more terrorist organizations.

    Loony tune McCain and Whiner Graham want to keep us in a perpetual state of war so the must have big holdings in the military industrial complex. Wing nuts on parade.

  • sfsoma

    Yeah John and Lindsey are quite a couple.

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