Congressman Fattah Statement on Iraq

Jun 18, 2014, 18:02 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a 10-term member of Congress who voted against the war in Iraq in 2002, made the following statement as the crisis in Iraq escalates and the U.S. considers military options:

"The single most important vote I have cast in foreign policy was a vote against the war in Iraq nearly 12 years ago. I opposed military action then, and I continue to oppose military action now.

"It was an unmitigated mistake for the United States to enter Iraq from the start. Now, years later, we see a country that is in crisis, divided by religious and ethnic factions, and a government unwilling or unable to provide a safe path forward that is inclusive of all Iraqis. I do not believe the United States should join sides with any group that is not committed to a secure and stable nation. I firmly believe military action would be the wrong course forward."

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah