Massie and Yarmuth disagree on U.S. military actions in middle east

08/26/2014 05:57 PM

As President Barack Obama approves U.S. spy flights over Syria to identify Islamic militant forces which have been plaguing Iraq and have beheaded an American journalist in the region, two Kentucky congressmen disagree on the need for military action — and the authority to take the action.

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, have a different view on what rights the president can take to bomb targets in Iraq — which has been on-going over the last two weeks.

Massie told the Northern Kentucky Tea Party Monday that he disproves Obama’s actions and called for a throaty debate for more military action.

“I do not approve of the president getting involved in Iraq right now,” Massie said. “It should be a least a three or four day debate…where everybody’s voices get heard.”

Massie told the group that the group which has taken over Iraq is worse than the government American forces ousted.

“At some point we have to realize we created a vacuum there in Iraq for better or worse and the folks we have there now are worse than the ones we had before. We really need to think through the next step and what we do in Iraq,” Massie said.

Massie said Obama should be forced to make a check-list which he presents to Congress on the cost and the time line for success in Iraq if and when he comes before Congress to seek approval.

Warning the group, Massie said the constant military actions in the region could breed more extremists than forces get rid of.

“I think some of the things we are doing will turn the moderate Muslim world against us,” Massie said.

Yarmuth told Pure Politics in Louisville Tuesday that he agrees with the actions taken by Obama to bomb Islamic militants in Iraq, but he said any further commitments would have to come to Congress for approval.

“I think any additional commitment of us troops passed what were doing now certainly any suggestion of combat troops — boots on the ground — I think he’d have to come to Congress for approval. But I think he has the authority to do what he is doing now,” Yarmuth said.

Yarmuth said leaders need a better strategy to deal with ISIS in the region.

“They’ve proven to be a much more formidable and wide spread problem than I think anybody anticipated. This is a way I think of at least slowing down their take over of the middle east,” Yarmuth said.

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


Subscribe to email updates.

Subscribe and get the latest political intelligence delivered to your inbox.