The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House. Wariness among veterans crossed party lines as Republicans Democrats alike said they feared weapons and training would one day be used against Americans instead of against militants seeking an Islamic state.
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, said that ISIS is a regional threat and expressed concern that congressional members like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., would use the Islamic militant group “as an excuse” to send ground troops to Iraq and Syria.
A Marine corporal who was declared a deserter nearly 10 years ago after disappearing in Iraq under mysterious circumstances is back in military custody and will face charges to be determined by a two-star general.
Only 18 percent of Americans say the result of the U.S. war in Iraq was worth the loss of American lives or financial costs, with three-quarters (75 percent) of Americans saying the war wasn’t worth it at all – the lowest polling percentage to date.
Fearing in increase in violence, 500,000 Iraqis have fled their homes in Iraq’s second city Mosul after Jihadist militants took control.
One of the two female Iraq war veterans in Congress said Monday she opposes President Barack Obama’s push for punitive military strikes against Syria.
A recent Gallup poll suggests that as many as 53 percent of all Americans feel the war in Iraq was a mistake.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has no regrets about the Iraq War.