Blog: Coats questions Hagel, Dempsey on Iraq crisis

2014-06-18T15:33:00Z Blog: Coats questions Hagel, Dempsey on Iraq crisis

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., questioned his former Republican Senate colleague Chuck Hagel, now Defense Secretary for President Obama. Coats asked Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on the deteriorating situation in Iraq and why the administration hasn't come forward with a response to the actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“The territory has already been lost, the weapons have already been seized, the banks have been robbed, oil may be or may not be in control of the extremist groups, which is a great source of monetary resource, isn’t it too late now?” said Coats. “I think it would be good if the President could talk to Congress and talk to the American people and let us know where we are.”

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