Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Dick Cheney and the other Republicans who are calling for war with Iraq. On MSNBC, Sanders warned the warmongers that he will adamantly oppose any attempts to send ground troops into Iraq.
After discussing how the trillions of dollars spent in Iraq could have been used to repair US infrastructure and create millions of new jobs, Sen. Sanders (I-VT) said:
I voted against the war going into that war, and the one thing that really drives me a little bit nuts is people are still listening to the Dick Cheneys and the others who got us into this disastrous situation in the first place by not telling us the truth and the reality of what was going on in Iraq.
To my mind clearly, this is not just an American issue. It is a crisis which the international community has got to deal with, which the region. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran have got to be working with the international community to stop terrorists from taking over Iraq, but I am adamantly opposed to sending ground troops into Iraq, and to get back into that war that we got out of.
I do support the president protecting the embassy. I think some troops giving training to the Iraqi army is okay, but I will adamantly oppose the United States getting involved in a ground war in Iraq again.
If Republicans even try to get around President Obama and fire up the ground war in Iraq again, they are going to meet with a wall of resistance among the American people. Even though, the majority of Republicans oppose sending ground troops back into Iraq it is telling than many Republican congressional leaders have been very quiet on the issue. The Republicans who oppose sending ground troops in have let the Bush neo-cons resurface and take the spotlight away from them.
There is zero chance that President Obama will send ground troops back into Iraq, but the war hawk segment of the Republican Party is beating the drums for more conflict and bloodshed. Their war cries worked on a nation that was still reeling from 9/11, but they are not going to successful a second time.
Sen. Sanders is correct. There is a way to assist the Iraqi government without sending combat troops back in. He was also correct that Iraq’s stability is an issue for the international community. An Iraq that is controlled by terrorists is a danger to the world. This is why despite the growls coming out of Cheney land, the American people must stick together and send the united message that there will be no more ground war in Iraq.