Iraq illustrates philosphical divide between McConnell and Grimes on foreign policy

06/19/2014 03:24 PM

President Barack Obama announced Thursday he would move 300 “military advisers” into Iraq to help the government which is facing destabilization from Sunni militants on Thursday, but back in Kentucky the move further illustrated a growing philosophical gulf between U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes on foreign policy.

From the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday morning, McConnell chided the Commander in Chief as clueless on foreign policy saying Obama risked eroding America’s standing in the world.

“I believe that we—as a superpower without imperialistic aims—have a duty to help maintain an international order and a balance of power, not out of altruism, but out of national interest,” McConnell said. “I believe that international order is best maintained through American military might. In fact, I believe that American military might forms its backbone. But President Obama has always been a reluctant Commander in Chief. It seems he’s always seen things quite differently.”

Grimes, McConnell’s Democratic challenger, told reporters last week that the developing situation in Iraq was “dangerous and concerning,” but that she would not be in favor of deploying troops to the region.

“Ultimately, this fight is up to the people of Iraq. I would not support the United States reintroducing troops in Iraq. The United States should continue to play a supportive role by providing useful intelligence,” Grimes said.

When it comes to foreign military intervention Grimes hasn’t offered a broad policy telling Pure Politics in August of 2013 her focus if elected is “tackling the problems here at home — while making sure the efforts we get involved with abroad that we are not needlessly taking thousands of Kentuckians.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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