ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) - Asked Monday morning on NewsChannel 8's Newstalk about U.S. options regarding the rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va) briefly sighed and shook his head.
"Well, none of them are great," Moran said.
"We never should have gone into Iraq," he said.
"I had this concern from the very beginning."
And there you have it. With the sudden rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, already having established numerous strongholds in Iraq and the country on the brink of dissolving into a sectarian civil war, whatever option the U.S. chooses surely will be rife with both controversy and the potential for civilian casualties.
The jihadist ISIS already has prompted the U.S., which withdrew its combat troops a couple of years ago, to send 300 Special Forces members back into country in attempt to once again build up a decidedly deficient Iraqi army.
Moran said that for him, the problem with helping the current government is that he fears it would simply give cover to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who has shown little interest in truly unifying the country.
He said isolated air strikes might be warranted but added a decided qualifier.
"I do think it's fraught with a lot of danger for the United States," Moran said. ". . .I think we've got to be very careful with the use of drones."
Ultimately, with few if any other nations willing to provide credible assistance, Moran said the U.S. has few choices other than to more or less go it alone.
"If you break it, you own it," he said of the 2003 U.S.-led invation. "And we broke it."