GOP blasts Obama on Iraq . . . Newsmax
Republicans slammed President Obama Thursday over the swift upheaval in Iraq, charging that his decision to withdraw troops in late 2011 had enabled violent Islamic militants to seize two cities in a move to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.
U.S. rebuffed Iraqi requests for help . . . New York Times
As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas.
Gen. Allen: Obama should strike hard . . . National Journal
President Barack Obama needs to order a military strike against the Iraq insurgency soon, before things get worse in Iraq and the region, said one of the top former U.S. military commanders of the war.
Iraq war vets distraught . . . Military Times
Veterans of the Iraq War and their families are watching with dismay and alarm as Sunni insurgents overrun large swaths of Iraq, including cities like Mosul, where hundreds of U.S. troops died.
Graham: Pull Iraq embassy staff . . . Newsmax
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called for U.S. air strikes on Iraqi insurgents Thursday while urging the Obama administration to immediately withdraw U.S. embassy staff in Baghdad to prevent “another Benghazi.”
McCain: National security team should quit . . . Newsmax
Obama’s decision to withdraw American troops from Iraq is the cause of this week’s rapid destabilization of the country, and the president’s national security team should take responsibility for it and resign, said Sen. John McCain.
Benghazi memo listed terror suspects . . . Fox News
A targeting memo sent to the State Department by the Defense Department’s Africa Command two days after the Benghazi attack listed 11 suspects with ties to Al Qaeda and other groups.
DHS Chief: No legal status for migrant kids . . . Newsmax
Thousands of unaccompanied migrant children who have trekked to the United States in recent months have no guarantees of citizenship or legal status and are prioritized for deportation, officials said Thursday.
Majority say Obama untrustworthy . . . CNS News
Fifty-one percent of the Americans who responded to a Gallup poll conducted June 5-8 said that they do not believe the phrase “is honest and trustworthy” applies to President Barack Obama.