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House Democrat: Obama has ‘almost 1,000 troops’ and armed drones in Iraq, but ‘no real plan’

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WASHINGTON — Congress is concerned that President Barack Obama has failed to draft a policy on Iraq.

Leading members of Congress have expressed dismay over the rising U.S. military presence in Iraq. They said Obama was sending more advisers and troops to Iraq without determining U.S. goals amid the advance by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“We have ,” Rep. Colleen
 Hanabusa, a Hawaii Democrat, said.

Ms. Hanabusa, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, referred
 to briefings by the Defense Department to Congress. She said leading
 administration officials have been unable to define U.S. goals to stop ISIL
 or preserve the integrity of Iraq.

“National security officials are indicating that we are making this up
 as we go along in Iraq,” Ms. Hanabusa said. “I have yet to hear any
 meaningful outline of exactly what interests are served by our involvement
 in Iraq.”

Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican in the Senate Armed Services
 Committee, agreed. McCain said the administration failed to draft a strategy
 against ISIL, deemed by the intelligence community as threat to the United
 States. He referred to a briefing in July 2014 by Defense Secretary Chuck
 Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“[They] could not articulate a strategy to counter what our intelligence
 estimates [say] is a direct threat to the United States of America,” McCain

So far, the Defense Department has reported the establishment of two
 joint operations centers in Iraq — one of them in Baghdad and the other in
 Irbil. The Pentagon also oversaw the establishment of a helicopter and
 unmanned aerial fleet in Baghdad to protect the U.S. embassy.

A leading ally of Obama in the Senate said the administration was
 counting on the formation of a unity government. But Sen. Carl Levin,
 chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, acknowledged that the White
 House did not envision a failure of political efforts in Baghdad.

“I think everyone is excluding that possibility,” Levin said.
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