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Hawaii’s two representatives in the U.S. House have signaled their strong opposition to the resumption of a U.S. military presence in Iraq.
Their comments come as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel “is bringing U.S. military forces closer to Iraq as anti-government insurgents gain ground in the fight against Iraqi troops,” according to The Hill.
The American military activity comes in response to the march of rebels with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Baghdad. Today, Hagel ordered the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush moved into the Persian Gulf.
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Friday released a statement opposing any further U.S. military involvement in Iraq.
Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush honor the 90th birthday of the ship’s namesake, April 13, 2014.
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“President Obama needs to seriously consider the lack of objectives or an endgame the U.S. would achieve through any further military involvement in Iraq,” Hanabusa said in a press release.
She continued: “I have opposed our involvement in Iraq since 2002, and continue to oppose it today. We know what the results are when we don’t fully consider the consequences of military action, and this miscalculation is not worth repeating to involve our nation in a situation that is the result of a longstanding sectarian conflict.”
Also on Friday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, said that re-engaging in the country “makes no sense” and that she would oppose U.S. airstrikes, according to MSNBC and CNN.
“It makes no sense for us to consider going back there and getting involved in what truly is a religious civil war,” she said.
She also said that she would not support U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
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