Politics & Government
1:35 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Kildee fears Obama's possible support of Iraq might tempt U.S back into war

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee is concerned the current crisis in Iraq might pull the U.S. back into that country.

“Obviously my main concern is that we do not act in a rash manner,” says Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint)
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Sunni militants have seized control of several northern Iraqi cities and are threatening to attack Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.

The Obama administration recently hinted at possible options to help support the Iraqi government.

“Obviously my main concern is that we do not act in a rash manner, but it is obviously a situation that is deteriorating quickly.” says Kildee.

He said the U.S. might find itself working with Iran in the fight against Sunni insurgents.

Neighboring Iran has offered help to the Iraqi government, which puts the U.S. and Iran on the same page in the conflict.

The congressman says it’s an odd situation, given the long history of mistrust between the U.S. and Iran.

Kildee says one way Iran can show it can be trusted to work with the U.S. is if Iran releases Amir Hekmati, a Flint man who has been imprisoned in Iran for nearly three years. A retired U.S. marine, Hekmati was arrested on charges of spying while visiting
Kildee says one way Iran can show it can be trusted to work with the U.S. is if Iran releases Amir Hekmati, a Flint man who has been imprisoned in Iran for nearly three years. A retired U.S. Marine, Hekmati was arrested on charges of spying while visiting his family in Iran.
Credit Hekmati family

“So it remains to be seen whether or not Iran can actually be trusted as an international partner,” says Kildee.

Kildee says one way Iran can show it can be trusted to work with the U.S. is if Iran releases Amir Hekmati, a Flint man who has been imprisoned in Iran for nearly three years.

A retired U.S. Marine, Hekmati was arrested on charges of spying while visiting his family in Iran.