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Congressman Lloyd Doggett talks with FOX 7 about Iraq unrest

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The death toll in Iraq is on the rise as the Islamic militants "ISIS" continue to wreak havoc.
U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett says it all goes back to when the United States first invaded Iraq.

"I strongly opposed the Bush invasion of Iraq.  I thought at that time and expressed the concern that it would leave us less secure than we were at that time and that's exactly what's happened," Doggett said.

Doggett says the unrest goes back even further than that.

"We didn't have ISIS, this extreme force, before the invasion of Iraq.  It is a product of that invasion and the disruption of relations and conflicts between two religious sects, the Sunnis and the Shea, that goes back to the year 632," Doggett said.

Doggett doesn't think force is the answer.

"I don't think there's a good military solution.  I don't think we should be stampeded into military action by the same people who led us astray before," he said.

Andy Hogue with the Travis County Republican Party told FOX 7 in a statement, "Republicans have traditionally walked the line between non-interventionism and keeping the world safe for democracy.  But we're all unified in our belief that we should finish the job we started and make for certain that Iraqi authorities are capable of keeping the peace on their own.  Strong diplomacy is called for -- and unfortunately President Obama has shown himself to be a sub-par negotiator."

"There may be some role for us to play militarily but it should be secondary to getting the current government in Iraq to be more inclusive and to applying diplomatic pressure on all sources of funding.  All countries that are providing any significant private funding for these extreme groups," Doggett said.

Doggett and Hogue also commented on the GOP's controversial reparative therapy for Homosexuals on our 5:00 newscast.  That video is available for viewing on this page as well.

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