Rep. Jim Bridenstine
January 10, 2014
As a Navy pilot who flew combat missions in Afghanistan (2002) and Iraq (2003) and now as a Member of Congress, I cannot react to the news of Al Qaeda in Iraq’s resurgence in Fallujah and Ramadi with anything but frustration and anger.
Frustration – because so much American blood was spilled wresting these cities from insurgents. Anger – because the Obama Administration put ideology and politics above the national interest. Our policy in Afghanistan must be more responsible than our policy in Iraq.
In his soon-to-be-published memoirs, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates correctly notes that Vice President Joe Biden – the man once in charge of negotiating America’s post-war presence in Iraq – has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Senator Biden famously advocated dividing Iraq into three autonomous regions based on ethnicity.