Iowans React To President’s Proposal

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DES MOINES, Iowa--President Obama's plan calling for war authority is getting mixed reactions.

“I would rather it not happen because that means more soldiers getting hurt and killed but on the same hand we need to do it otherwise it`s going to develop into something that we either can`t control or we`re going to have bloodshed here in the United States, and that`s just unacceptable,” says Veteran Tim Cox of Osceola.

Cox served in Iraq and was medically discharged after he was injured from a roadside bomb exploding.

He agrees the U.S. may have pulled out of Iraq before the job was done.

“I think when we pulled out of Iraq it was a little too early that just gave the terrorists more time to build up more soldiers, supplies and more time to be able to plan things out in a strategic manner,” says Cox.

Drake University Associate Professor and Middle Eastern expert Mahmoud Hamad agrees.

“I think what we have done in Iraq by restoring a government that is not efficient, lacks legitimacy, and lacks support from different parts of the population has backfired on us,” says Hamad.

The President suggested ground troops would only be used for rescues and specific missions to kill ISIS leaders.

Cox says that's unrealistic.

“Any war the going to get involved with there is going to have to be ground troops to not only fight the terrorists but to keep peace,” says Cox.

Hamad agrees saying, “If we are going to tackle this danger as it should have been tackled, U.S. Forces will be involved and not in small or marginal numbers,” says Hamad.

Hamad says Iraqi Forces don't have the numbers to tackle the threat alone which will force U.S. troops to get involved.

“In the end we will have to deal with the mess we created,” says Hamad.

Cox says while it's always hard to see U.S. troops go overseas, he thinks we need to tackle the threat of ISIS before they strike again.

“If we don`t pursue it in a timely manner, it could come back and really hurt us,” says Cox.

Hamad said he's not as concerned with ISIS coming to U.S. soil because its strategy is to hold their ground and create a state but he says they are still very dangerous.

Hamad says ISIS can cause problems to our allies and friends in the Middle East and threaten American national interests overseas.

Cox was assisted when he returned to Iowa by Operation First Response. The organization takes care of wounded soldiers and their families after they return from service. For more information about the organization and to donate click here.



  • John Smith

    I think the US spend altogether too much time in Iraq, and that that is the root cause of problems there now. Certainly, a decade seems to be enough time to train the Iraqi army to protect its own country.

    We met the SOFA as agreed to by the previous administration. Stationing American troops there now would be a bigger fool’s errand than the original war, and that is saying a great deal. If the Iraqis need to change their government, that is up to them to do; otherwise, it will NEVER be legitimate to the citizens of Iraq.

  • Clyde

    Send in the troops, nobody else is going to, in any meaningfull way. Kill them all, no prisoners, keep the media on the bases and the politicians out of it, after it starts. The White House knew that govt. was not ready for anything like this. Quit making excuses for our politicians that have no business in foreign affairs. Let our military do their job without tying their hands and you’d see a big difference. After their done, give Iran about 2 days to clear out while we take out their nuclear research. We need to kill them there before they start killing us here….. Oh wait they already have, huh? That Allah is great stuff has gone on too long. Lets finish this.

  • bjertbjaeger

    Needless to say, the outcome of Bush’s war for profit is exactly what was predicted to be. Time to pull out all US assets and support from the middle east including Israel and let the monkeys kill each other. Anyone who claims it would make the US secure is a dishonest war hawk or a naive fool.

    • The Phantom

      Since you are defining people who do not believe the same limited viewpoint as you, I’ll join in…….Your an idiot.

      • The Phantom

        You got me there bjertbjaeger, trolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, what makes me think you never stood the post. You seem like the kind to cower behind the sofa then complain about the way your freedom is provided to you.

  • tom sullivan

    how can any one believe one word this president has said….this guy has lied every day from day one !!!! please god … protect us from this worthless world embarrassment of a so called leader!!

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