Rep. Jason Chaffetz criticizes White House response to Iraq turmoil


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  • booyakashaw Murray, UT
    June 20, 2014 6:18 p.m.

    Really surprised to see readers of the DNews describing Chaffetz for what he really is. Awesome!

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    June 18, 2014 5:51 a.m.

    How most of you turn this into politics. Politics is the reason there's even a mess in Iraq in the first place.

    The war in Iraq was political. Dems and GOP in congress voted to invade Iraq to avoid the political fallout if they were against it. This was soon after 9-11, plus the Dems could point fingers at Bush if it turned out there were no WMDs.

    Now, the current admin found itself in a role supporting the new Iraqi government. Their approach is also completely political. Instead of maintaining a police force to support the new government as common sense would dictate, they withdraw nearly everyone and even communicate this withdrawal beforehand. How stupid to give the timeline to the enemy. But politics demanded it for the president to have good poll numbers.

    Every politician does it and it is rather pitiful to see so many comments that blame one political party and hold their own party on a pedestal. You should first hold your own party to task and THEN work to correct the errors of the other side. Hypocrisy is rampant and the results are not good for our future. (But great for politicians' future).

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    June 17, 2014 8:17 p.m.

    How grateful I am that Jason Chaffetz has no more authority than that given a congressman from Utah's 3rd district. This is the perfect place to insert my favorite Teddy Roosevelt quote: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

  • brettellingson Provo, UT
    June 17, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    We struggle to solve our own inner-city gang problem. What makes anyone think we can fix another country's instability?

  • stevan madrigal murray, UT
    June 17, 2014 12:56 p.m.

    Indeed, Moderate.
    Congress makes legislation, right? So let's legislate, Jason.
    Put forth some specific funding with specific plans / rules of engagement, with broad support from your colleagues, and participate in the process so you constituents can do their part.
    Or sit down, be quiet.

  • liberal larry salt lake City, utah
    June 17, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    "When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news."[

    When Chaffetz PRAISES Obama that's news!

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    June 17, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    Dear Jason:
    Why haven't you rushed to the microphones and critized OUR President for arresting one of the men responsible for the Benghazi attack?

    Oh, wait.

  • Copacetic Logan, UT
    June 17, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    Wow! It appears all the local liberals and national Obama apologists got together to join forces on this one. They've come out in droves with their comments to this article... and almost all with the same, innate narrative.

    They claim there's nothing new from Jason. Well, guess what? There's exactly nothing new from their criticisms either. Same old "criticize a local Republican" comments, complete with plenty of prevarications of the truth.

    Considering the lack of positives Obama has been offering in the news, it's not a surprise at all that liberals are jumping all over a story like this in an attempt at deflection. Nice try. But very few objective people are buying into it. In the meantime, feel free to keep piling on. You aren't convincing a single thinking soul.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    June 17, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    One Old Man, I wish I could like your comment 100 times, because you hit the nail on the head.

    Reinstitute the draft. Send republican war hawks and their families to fight. It's just so easy for Chaffetz to send more people and minorities to fight a war while he's comfortable living in his mansion in Alpine.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    June 17, 2014 8:44 a.m.

    Sadaam Hussein was an evil dictator, but he was a stabilizing evil dictator. He kept Iran and Syria in control and vice-versa. When we toppled Iraq merely to satisfy Dick Cheney's ego, we destroyed that balance. Now we have the Syrian mess and Iran building nuclear weapons. Sometimes you just have to leave the hornets nest alone.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 17, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    One other thing. Chaffetz was an advocate for arming the rebels in Syria. These are the same people that are leading the rebellion in Iraq. I am so glad that President Obama has more sense than Chaffetz (and McCain and the rest of the neo-cons).

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 17, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    Instead of playing politics all the time, Chaffetz should try leadership and statesmanship. For example, let him make an inquiry into who is funding the rebels, or at least providing them weapons. I seriously doubt they are self-funding - a campaign of that level is costly. Cut off the source of weapons and the issue is more manageable. Instead, partisan snipers would rather exploit everything in an effort to gain more power and influence for themselves. This is the absolute worst of public officials. Chaffetz should be embarrassed and ashamed of himself.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    June 17, 2014 7:09 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz has something negative to say about the Whitehouse? What a surprise.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 17, 2014 6:33 a.m.

    @GaryO..... why? Because we are the ones who destabilized this area under the premise of regime change. The problem is the change we enabled has been a disaster.

    Iraq under control of ISIS is much worse than the current administration.

    This isn't about support one political party or another. This is not about siding with Chaffetz - or not. In this rare case - regardless of his motives - I think he is right that the US (Obama) is not acting decisive enough. On other issues, I think Chaffetz hasn't seen a mic or mirror he hasn't fallen in love with.

    To me this is about issues, not personalities, not parties. I do agree with Moderate that Chaffetz needs not to put something more than sound bites - and vote to provide the resources needed to accomplish this mission.

  • Paul Scholes Provo, UT
    June 17, 2014 6:05 a.m.

    Please, Representative Chaffetz, we need people in Congress who build not just tear down. Your on-going criticism of President Obama is tired and not particularly helpful. Criticism of the other party and their ideas has its place now and again. When it becomes continuous and reactionary, it serves little purpose. The people of Utah deserve better.

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    June 17, 2014 12:06 a.m.

    Jason Chaffetz 'forgot' to say his trip to the War Zone in Iraq was in 2009.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    June 16, 2014 11:31 p.m.

    I read a great article earlier today about how politicking has gotten in the way of policy making. Chaffetz throwing bombs rather than offering constructive advice proved that article to be very accurate.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    June 16, 2014 11:26 p.m.

    We've wasted enough lives and treasury in Iraq. If Chaffetz wants to send troops back to Iraq, he should be the first to go.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    June 16, 2014 10:16 p.m.

    Oh, yes, you are so right; it just can't be carefully reasoned criticism of this President. There can't possibly be any reason to be critical of the lack of foreign policy, the blunders of the IRS, Libya, the ACA, the ever-increasing debt, the non-transparency, etc. Of course, it's all about Bush. Give me a break. Remove the blinders, quit defending the indefensible and look at this whole situation with clear eyes.....I think you will be surprised at what you see.

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    June 16, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    Re: Worf

    "Jason has honesty with grit." No, Jason just found another camera to put his face in front of and another microphone to wrap his pie hole around! No answers just Talk!

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    June 16, 2014 9:54 p.m.

    Re: Utah Blue Devil and the rest of the pro "Gun slingers".

    Talk is cheap, but if it were you making the decision, would you actually put, who knows how many live of our finest back into harms way! We WILL lose men, probably lots of men and even women. My question, YES or NO?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 16, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    @Gary O
    The people did elect Gore over Bush but the supreme court overrode the will of the people.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    June 16, 2014 8:25 p.m.

    Jason has honesty with grit.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    June 16, 2014 7:45 p.m.

    "Rep. Jason Chaffetz criticizes White House response to Iraq turmoil"

    There's a shocker. Another shocker: Division and conflict arising from religion.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    June 16, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    Anyone want to bet that if Obama last week had ordered troops on the ground or aircraft overhead, Chafetz would be screaming that it had been a terrible thing to do?

    We need to bring back the draft -- and the first to be drafted should be our warmongering friends in the Republican party. Jason would look awfully good with a PFC stripe on his shoulder.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    June 16, 2014 6:05 p.m.

    Of course Chaffetz is criticizing Obama. It's Monday. (Or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, etc.) Is there ever a day that he doesn't criticize Obama? Stirs up the Tea Party base, so of course, when that's all you care about, that's all you're going to do.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    June 16, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    "Turn about is fair play."

    And there you reveal the true motives--it's not carefully reasoned criticism that is the primary interest of the right, it's revenge for criticizing their guy.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    Congressman Chaffetz should literally put his money where his mouth is -- sponsor and pass a bill through Congress that directs the President to take specific action, and authorizes the funds to carry out those actions.

    Critical of Obama for not doing enough? The question, Congressman Chaffetz, is are you doing anything?

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    June 16, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    And to all of you Obama- backing bloggers, Obama deserves just as much criticism as the mainstream media gave GW Bush.
    Turn about is fair play.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 16, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    It will be curious to hear Chaffetz' tantrums when we elect, and then RE-elect Hillary Clinton.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    June 16, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    By all means Mr. Chaffetz if you think this is preventable get on the next plane to Iraq and act as a Diplomat for the US. I'm sure the Sunni and the Shiites will welcome your grand plan with open arms. By the way, what is your plan?

    To break the ice when you reach the negotiation room you can run in with your cape and mask on and yell "Captain Chaffetz at your service ma'am". Boy wont they get a laugh out of that. Then you can sit down with their leaders and solve hundreds of years worth of problems between the two by pointing out what a horrible job Obama has done with their situation. When you are done with them I am quite certain they will erect a statue of you, much like the "Rocky" statue in Philadelphia, right in downtown Bagdad.

    Oh I just can't wait what Mike Lee is going to follow this up with.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 16, 2014 4:04 p.m.

    “Rep. Jason Chaffetz criticizes White House response to Iraq turmoil . . . ”

    So Chaffetz is complaining again? What is so newsworthy about that?

    "Chaffetz describes the crumbling peace in Iraq as 'very preventable' . . . "

    I'll agree with him there.

    Of course it was very preventable. If the nation had elected Gore instead of GW Bush, there would have never even been an Iraq war, and probably not 911 either.

    Over four thousand American service members would still be alive, and the nation’s economy would not have been driven to financial ruin by horrible mismanagement.

    What is the takeaway from all this?

    NEVER vote Republican.

  • Idahotransplant West Jordan, UT
    June 16, 2014 3:39 p.m.

    Does anyone who has commented know the history behind the middle east or for that matter what happened on September 11, 2001? It goes beyonf the borders of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ireal, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. These factions and terrorists want to destry the wester world.....

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    June 16, 2014 3:26 p.m.

    UtahBlueDevil -

    "ISIS needs to be stopped, either globally, or unilaterally by us."

    WHY ????

    GW Bush completely destabilized the Middle East by reducing Sunni power in Iraq, and that Sunni power had been holding Iran in check.

    In the Middle East, religious identification trumps national identification.

    And a Shiite Controlled Iraq is essentially a servant of Shiite-controlled Iran, making Iran stronger, and much closer to attaining nuclear weapons, at the expense of the West.

    Iraq under Shiite rule is not advantageous to us.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2014 3:04 p.m.

    This is a civil war between two Islamic factions. Jason Chaffetz wants us to pick the same side as Iran. Remember this come election time. Jason Chaffetz wants American dollars and American lives spent to decide a civil war.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    June 16, 2014 2:51 p.m.

    Of course he does. Chaffetz doesn't care a whit about working for the good of the country. He just wants to cause trouble for the White House. NOT what we need for the good the country.

  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    June 16, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    This situation is absolutely preventable? Please, Congressman, enlighten us all on how to end the CENTURIES-long conflict between Sunni and Shia. I would love to hear it. Whenever you're ready...

    Is he still holding on to the belief that we could have armed "moderate" rebels in Syria? Thing is, we never could figure out how to support some and not the others, nor how to distinguish between them. Had we armed them, as he earlier suggested, they would likely be using those weapons right now to march through Iraq. Or should we have just staying in Iraq forever, despite the objections of the Iraqi government itself?

    There is one way we could have prevented this particular conflict between these two groups--we could have stayed out of Iraq in the first place.

    Again, Congressman, please offer your ideas every once in a while, rather than exclusively criticizing others.

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    June 16, 2014 2:15 p.m.


    Is this an actual story?

    To my knowledge the only thing Chaffetz has approved of was his own birth.

  • Shamal Happy Valley, UT
    June 16, 2014 2:09 p.m.

    So many people are dying. Mass killings of this scale are why we went in the first place and were not possible while we(I) were there.

    Before we went to Iraq, life there was fine as long as you did not criticize the government or identify yourself as Kurdish. Otherwise you were subject to mass murder by gas or your family got to watch as you were fed to the wood chipper.

    The method and timing of our departure from Iraq was senseless and politicly driven. Bash Bush all you want, but at least his decisions were based on principle. Our veterans and their families deserve better.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    June 16, 2014 1:54 p.m.

    the only people who did well when we invaded iraq was oil companies, weapons makers, and halliburton with all contracts without bids. which is illegal as far as i know. the people of iraq over 300,000 dead and us 4,000 plus. over 2 billion spent by the u.s and never put in the budget. let Iran take care of it. we need to start minding our own.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    June 16, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    Whenever a major crisis arises Obama does what he does best - goes golfing!

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    June 16, 2014 1:26 p.m.

    Chaffetz is critical of President Obama?

    And water is wet.

    Is it too much to ask that the congressman describe how US military involvement in Iraq could even remotely make the Middle East a more peaceful place? History had made it abundantly clear that our military intervention there (at a cost of thousands of US lives and trillions of US taxpayer dollars) has only made a bad situation worse.

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    June 16, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    Chaffetz is like every OTHER Republican. They criticize, but offer nothing as an alternative.
    Mitt is already telling any GOP candidates to attack Hillary's record as Secretary of State if she runs.

    Attack, criticize, condemn, exclude, deny.

    My staunch Republican grandfather is rolling in his grave because of the huge mess that is the GOP of today.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 16, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    Rant all you want about Libya, the IRS, the VA.... and on and on....... in this case I will agree, that the US response to ISIS to this point is a monumental failure. Pretenses that this is an internal Iraq problem is crazy on the surface, and ignorant at just about any other level you can think about.

    If this administration truly wants to worry about it's legacy, putting down ISIS has to be on the top of its priorities. And unless the administration pulls out one of those Rocky like - on the ropes come backs - pull a rabbit from its hat - this will be a huge stain on its legacy.. one sealed with the blood of thousands of innocents.

    Russia can't be counted on to help, it has its own issues of lack of world relevancy despite being the largest nation on earth. It will have to be China that is motivated to stabilize world energy markets.... as they have a lot at risk here. Sky rocketing energy prices could bring its growing economy to a halt... so it should be motivated to help.

    Regardless... ISIS needs to be stopped, either globally, or unilaterally by us.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    June 16, 2014 1:18 p.m.

    Now, it just would not be a normal week if Jason was not criticizing President Obama. He loves that weekly photo op!
    Kind of a DN "Romneyish" feel to it, huh?