A senior Democratic senator said Monday that Congress should vote on whether U.S. troops should be fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), calling the previous Iraq War a “terrible mistake.”
“We are going to have to have a vote on this. We know what a terrible mistake the first Iraq War was,” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on NBC.
“It cost us close to $3 trillion, thousands of lives to go after weapons of mass destruction, which never existed in the first place. And if we’re going to go into this, how many other places are we going to? We should have a full debate on it,” he added.
Leahy’s remarks came after the White House authorized the additional deployment of 1,500 U.S. troops to Iraq. Administration officials say no troops will deploy until Congress approves funding for their mission.
Separately, the president has called for Congress to vote on using military force against ISIS. Both votes are expected to occur in the lame-duck session.