Role for U.S. Military in Iraq? Dem Sen Demurs

by Eliana Johnson

Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday pressed Democratic senator Ben Cardin on whether the American military can and should play a role in scaling back the power of ISIS in Iraq. He had a tough time getting an answer. 

Cardin initially (non)-responded that the U.S. should “do everything we can [so] that the Iraqis fulfill their commitment for a representative government. Pressed further, he said that, no, he doesn’t think the U.S. military can take out ISIS with air strikes because “the fundamental problem is whether the Iraqis believe that they have a representative government.”

President Obama, of course, has said that the goal of the limited air strikes is to provide some degree of security and “space” for the Iraqis to develop a new, representative government.