House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the American people have “no appetite” for military intervention in Iraq despite the fact that al Qaeda-linked jihadists are nearing Baghdad after taking the town of Mosul earlier this week.
She also took the opportunity of the current crisis to fall back on a familiar refrain of her party and blamed President George Bush, not Obama, for the current situation. “I don’t think this is our responsibility, but I do think we were irresponsible going into Iraq for a variety of other reasons… I think this represents the failed policy that took us down this path eleven years ago.”
Pelosi’s “hands off” remarks were in striking contradiction to President Obama’s stance Thursday.
“We do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter,” Obama said during an Oval Office meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
The Associated Press reports that senior administration officials said the U.S. was considering whether to conduct drone missions in Iraq but was not looking to put American forces on the ground. The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter by name and requested anonymity.
If the president does call for air strikes against ISIS will Pelosi keep her stance or support her president?