ICYMI: Inhofe on CNN Warns that Working with Iran in Iraq would be a
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today joined Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s The Situation Room to discuss the escalating crisis in Iraq; to warn against working with Iran in the region; and to encourage U.S. support of the Iraqi military in the form of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and equipment.
BLITZER: Where do we go from here, what do you want President Obama to do?
INHOFE: First of all, in 2009, 2010, and 2013 we sent some very strong recommendations to the President and said whatever you do, don’t cut and run and leave them without any intelligence, without the other sources- things we could have done with them- logistics, foreign military sales and all of that. But he did it anyway… The main thing is, to offer them the support of having the intelligence and then some equipment they need to have, because what happened is we just walked away from it.
During the interview, Inhofe declared that any joint efforts with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard would be a “horrible mistake."
INHOFE: Now they’re talkin about, some of the people are talking about joining in with Iran on this thing, which I think would be a horrible mistake.
On Friday, Inhofe responded to President Obama's Iraq statement saying that "the nation deserves better answers from President Obama." Inhofe pointed out that the Obama Administration's failed foreign policy has "created a leadership vacuum eagerly filled by Iran. Specifically, the vacuum is being filled in Syria by the Russians and Iranians, and in Iraq by ISIS occupying cities and the Iranians now sending military units reportedly to defend Baghdad."