WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Alan Lowenthal released today the following statement in response to the growing violence in Iraq:
"We went to Iraq and shed American blood there because President Bush informed the American people that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction that posed a clear and present danger to the U.S. This did not prove to be correct.
“The current situation in Iraq is the culminating result of many factors: our overthrow of the Hussein regime; the failure of the current Iraqi President Maliki to create a unity government which represents all ethnic and religious groups in the country; and, the invasion of Iraq by ISIS terrorists. Today, we are seeing a violent manifestation of deep-rooted ethnic and religious differences.
“Hopefully, the Iraqi forces will be able to defend themselves. However, putting our boots on the ground and potentially sacrificing more American lives is not the answer. I hope that we as a nation have learned that in these situations we must proceed carefully, cautiously, and with a full consideration of all of our options."