Really surprised to see readers of the DNews describing Chaffetz for what he
really is. Awesome!
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).
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
We struggle to solve our own inner-city gang problem. What makes anyone think we
can fix another country's instability?
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Jason Chaffetz has something negative to say about the Whitehouse? What a
@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.
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.
Jason Chaffetz 'forgot' to say his trip to the War Zone in Iraq was in
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.
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.
@OHBU,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.
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!
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?
@Gary OThe people did elect Gore over Bush but the supreme court overrode
the will of the people.
Jason has honesty with grit.
"Rep. Jason Chaffetz criticizes White House response to Iraq turmoil"There's a shocker. Another shocker: Division and conflict arising
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.
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.
"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.
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?
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.
It will be curious to hear Chaffetz' tantrums when we elect, and then
RE-elect Hillary Clinton.
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
“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.
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
Really?Is this an actual story?To my knowledge the only
thing Chaffetz has approved of was his own birth.
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
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.
Whenever a major crisis arises Obama does what he does best - goes golfing!
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.
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.
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.
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?