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Jun 13, 2014 10:18 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Farenthold Comments On Situation In Iraq

CORPUS CHRISTI - Hours after returning from Washington, Congressman Blake Farenthold met with KRIS 6 News to talk about the deteriorating situation in Iraq.

Like most Republicans, he questions why it took so long for the White House to respond to the militant attacks there.

He claims President Obama has seen this coming for months, but opted to take a "hands off" approach.

Farenthold believes U.S. airstrikes are an option that needs to be considered to quell the chaos in Iraq.

He doesn't disagree with the decision to remove most American troops from Iraq a few years ago, but he says we should have kept a larger force there to keep the peace.

"I think we should have been in there long ago," he said, "we never really negotiated a good Status Of Forces agreement after we ended the war there, and I'm afraid we're going to make the same mistake in Afghanistan if we can't get a good Status of Forces agreement there."

But while Farenthold criticizes the lack of troops in Iraq over the past few months, he's not sure that sending troops back there is the answer either.

"I don't want to put American troops in harm's way unless it's a last possible resort," he said.

"I don't think we're to that point yet," he added.

But he's worried that we're headed to that point.

Farenthold hopes that the president will consult Congress before deciding whether to send troops back to Iraq, but he acknowledges that Barack Obama is the commander in chief, and it will be the president's call in the end.

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