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Pelosi: Iraq Violence Is Not Our Responsibility

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The California Democrat says there is no national appetite for renewed military action in Iraq. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The California Democrat says there is no national appetite for renewed military action in Iraq. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says there’s no way she would support any new American military intervention in Iraq, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The California Democrat told reporters she sees “no appetite in our country to be engaged in any military activity in Iraq.”

Her remarks come as policy makers struggle to deal with the recent military advances of a jihadist militant group that has forcibly taken control of much of central Iraq and are threatening Baghdad.

When asked about a new U.S. role in Iraq, Rep. Pelosi replied “I don’t think this is our responsibility.”

“I do think we were irresponsible going into Iraq, she added.”

However California’s two Democratic Senators disagree. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have urged American support for the Iraqi government against the Islamic extremists.

President Obama has said the Iraqi government will need U.S. help against the insurgents, but did not specify what kind of assistance he would be willing to offer.

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