Rep. Geoff Davis says United States has difficult relationship with Pakistan, Iraq invasion a mistake
05/23/2011 01:31 PM
Finding Osama bin Laden hiding in plain sight in Pakistan has strained relations between the United States and that country and called into question the $20 billion in foreign aid sent to Pakistan, said Kentucky Republican Congressman Geoff Davis.
Davis, who represents the 4th congressional district in Northern Kentucky, called the relationship schizophrenic, and said the United States should only continue its aid to the country if Pakistan meets certain performance measures.
“I think that it’s got to be based on performance: information that doesn’t put Americans at risk, not threatening to cut off our supply lines,” Davis said (see the 1:40 mark of the clip)
Davis also questioned the foreign policy approaches of President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush — specifically Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
Davis is in a unique position to talk about United States military operations and international relations.
He serves as Co-Chairman of the National Security Interagency Reform Working Group and was an Army Ranger and Assault Combat Helicopter Commander after graduating from West Point.
Davis said he believes the United States military is in Libya without congressional approval, and said it was a mistake to get involved in a country that poses no threat to the U.S.
“We have plunged into probably the worst country in all of the Middle East that you would choose” Davis said. “I think we should learn from our mistakes and not repeat them.” (see the 4:10 mark of the video)
Davis said the invasion of Iraq was the mistake he was speaking of, and the U.S. got involved in Iraq based on bad information. He said going to war in Libya was a mistake that puts the country in the perilous position of possibly backing and arming jihadists who have vowed to kill Americans or hurt American interests in the Middle East.
“I think it’s fraught with risk. It’s a short-sighted, foolish policy,” Davis said. (see the 6:45 mark of the video)
And Davis said the war in Afghanistan was botched in certain ways as well. For instance, he took issue with Bush and then-Secretary of Defense for not going into Afghanistan with enough troops and for not listening to the commanders in the field.
“It was run as what’s called an economy of force operation, almost from day one,” Davis said. “If you’re going to do this, regardless of the politics and the question from a constitutional perspective, you need to go in, as Jesus said, count the cost before you build the tower. The professionals were saying this is what it will take – it eventually took that, at the cost of many lives.” (see the 8-minute mark of the video)
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