Swalwell: Don’t Send Troops Back to Iraq, but Region could become ‘Training Ground for Terrorism’

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Rep. Eric Swalwell was critical of the U.S. exit strategy from Iraq during a radio appearance Friday morning, but did not advocate for sending ground troops to the region as Sunni insurgents threatened to move toward Baghdad.

“I think for me this illustrates bad decisions have consequences and going all the way back to the decision to rush into Iraq in 2003 without much of a plan for a future and then leaving Iraq without a security agreement in 2011,” Swalwell told KGO’s Ronn Owens. “This is exactly what we were afraid would happen. The country is literally unraveling right now.”

Swalwell later said allowing the insurgent group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to overtake the region could be catastrophic to American interests. “It could allow that area to return to being a hot bed and training ground for terrorism,” said Swalwell.

“The people who are trying to takeover Iraq are terrorists,” he added. “The way they are doing this is in a way that is not in accordance with how your resolve disputes. They are doing it through violence; they’re doing through car bombs,” he added.

However, when asked if the U.S. should send troops back to Iraq, Swalwell said, “I cannot envision a scenario where we would find any value over sending troops over there.” Over the weekend President Barack Obama said he will not send troops to Iraq, but evaluate several plans to support Iraqi soldiers, potentially with air support.