Sessions blasts Obama administration for Iraqi violence

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama was in Athens Thursday. He toured the Steelcase manufacturing facility but afterwards spoke with reporters about the growing problem with ISIS and the murder of an American journalist.

Senator Jeff Sessions says the United States simply pulled out of Iraq much too soon.

"I'm really worried about Iraq," Sessions told reporters. He added, "It wasn't too long ago, just a few years, that country had a stable government, had the Kurds, the Sunnis, all involved in the government, a nationwide election, and a parliment, and we pulled out too fast. Just a small number of troops still training, still supporting, using our helicopter lift capacity, our surveilance capacity could have put that country in a position to resist this ISIS attack. Now they've taken over a big part of the country, they're brutal, vicious murderers, and it's going to be much more difficult to extract them or remove them or defeat them or contain them than it would have been had we been more realistic in how we handled the situation."

Sessions went on to say a great nation cannot change it's policies everytime a new President is elected. Sessions says he has not watched the video of the brutal killing of American journalist James Foley, but says the act itself is indicitive of the type of enemy we face.


  • Bob

    What a —– southern right wing nutcase. Where was all your outrage when you went into Iraq and started this mess. You created it with Bush and now somehow want to blame Obama Administration for cleaning up a mess you created and did not pay for with any cuts to any projects. Republicans talk a lot and do nothing except lie.

    • John Martin

      I totally agree, Bob. If he had kept the troops there, Repubs would be saying we need to pull out! Always contrary to whatever Obama does, never working with the administration on anything, blame, blame, blame, and nothing ever gets done (except by executive order). And I thought it was all about compromise and moving forward.

  • P

    Bush has been gone for a long time….this country has gotten worse. Does not take a genius to figure out we still have it wrong. Its okay to live off the government right? Oh not only that WHO TRAINED AND ARMED ISIS? We created this…idiots we will never leave the middle east.

  • Michael J. Soroczak

    Jeff you have no standing to criticize the President on issues concerning Iraq. You boy John McCain was all for arming ISIS to aid in the overthrow of the Syrian government. And you stood with McCain when he said it. So quit blowing smoke trying to cover up the mess you helped create.

  • Don Baltimore

    If I remember correctly, the pull out date (2014) was negotiated when George Bush was president. The Obama administration wanted to leave a small force in Iraq after the pull out, but the new Iraqi government said no. The US’s efforts to “nation build” have been a colossal failure. History keeps repeating, remember Vietnam? PS If Obama was a Republican, Sen. Sessions would be saying what a great job he is doing!

    • TruthLivesHere

      I seriously doubt if Senator Sessions would support Obama if he were a Republican. Any Republican would be embarrassed and in voter’s remorse if Obama was aligned with their party. But sadly, the Obamunists think he can do no wrong and everything is just rosy.

  • Conteh

    American is not Republicans or Democrats my friends republicans change your ways trouble is coming and you manufacture it you people oppose the good keep quite to the mistake instead of correcting with good faith you have to serve faithfully at all times let support Democrats or Republicans president together is ONE

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