Ingraham: ‘Iraq is in flames today’ because of Clinton’s no-fly zone

By David Edwards
Sunday, June 2, 2013 11:20 EDT
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Laura Ingraham speaks to Fox News
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Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Sunday suggested the no-fly zone President Bill Clinton imposed on Iraq had left the country “in flames today.”

During a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday, Ingraham disagreed with Republicans who wanted to intervene in Syria and recalled that “we thought that once we went into Iraq, it was going to be this domino effect with Democracy throughout the Middle East and we’d have more friends in the Middle East.”

“The idea that we’re going to send arms to these people who are slaughtering Christians and have one goal, which is to establish and Islamic caliphate throughout the Middle East and — if they can get their way — and throughout Africa as well,” the conservative radio host opined. “I’m saying America has got to grapple with this idea of limited power where the parties are unknown, their intentions are unknown.”

“You guys are saying let [Syrian President Bashar] Assad win, let him slaughter?” Fox News host Chris Wallace wondered.

“We had a no-fly zone in Iraq,” Ingraham declared. “Remember? And what happened after that? Iraq is in flames today.”

Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin, however, argued that Iraq was in shambles because President Barack Obama had pulled troops out of the country.

“The greatest failure of this president has been to recede from the scene, and chaos does ensue when the United States does not stand up to its allies, doesn’t move swiftly when we had the chance to get Assad out of there,” she insisted. “If we hadn’t pulled out of Iraq, it might be stable now.”

For his entire eight years of office, President Bill Clinton presided over and expanded the use of no-fly zones that were created after President George H.W. Bush’s 1991 Gulf War.

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast June 2, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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