Reid Scoff's at Cheney's Iraq Criticism

US politicians renew Iraq war debate.
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And. Al-Qaeda is resurgent. Establishing new safe havens across the Middle East including in Iraq where President Obama -- -- -- all American forces with no stay behind agreement. But the original architects the war. The invasion of Iraq. Would have us believe that this all present Obama's war. An Iraqi civil war. And it's time for Iraqis to resolve themselves. Alongside Dick Cheney used to be on the right side of history. Will warn Iraq then and now. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and senate majority leader Harry Reid exchanging strong words. And in Iraq today an exchange of bullets the biggest oil refinery in the country taken over by -- Right now the international hot spot based. Hello everyone I'm Michelle Franzen in New York. Takeover by ice -- a major stronghold a hold in Iraq is cause for concern in Washington. President Obama is set to meet with congressional leaders later today discussed the situation. But first the BBC's Emily Canon has more on the takeover of oil refineries in a rock. Long live -- since they cried as fighters parade through the town of Beijing. This footage of uncertain date says triumphant militants driving Iraqi Army vehicles. -- If true this marks the loss of -- highly strategic sixteen. Strategic because -- -- to the -- -- oil refinery this is unverified video from the militant attack. The facility is still under siege and it's unclear -- -- the insurgents hold the army are in control. In an address to the nation the Iraqi prime minister pointed a finger -- disaffected Sunni Muslims he needed to them to distance themselves from the extremists. Or not -- when looking in. Not every cent -- is a defeat these has allowed Iraq to recover and asked -- a unique -- Not a single Iraqi would benefit from this crisis. Ode to terrorists -- many feet. And those who trade in arms and those who stopped the fire -- there and Wi-Fi problems. Day off today excited she -- volunteers in Baghdad a flocking to boost the army's manpower. They want to protect the capital and the Shia areas to the south under threat from -- -- applauded -- at his office has said that training course was finished. And -- soon be on the front lines. The new recruits are responding to cools from Iran. That president through -- told a packed stadium that his nation would stand no effort to help protect Shia holy sites inside Iraq. Should. -- I call -- -- these small terrorist groups and those who support them where they in the region or across the world. And nothing in the face of the great Iraqi nations will power and the Muslim nations of this man and god willing. He will be defeated him. So -- the country braces itself for more ferocious battles bomb attacks inside Baghdad continue. This was -- blast in the markets in the Shiite district of -- -- city. -- appeals for unity many here fear the looming Specter of sectarian civil war. And then Buchanan BBC news. And we are joined now by ABC news senior Washington correspondent -- felony on Capitol Hill. For reaction from lawmakers to developments in Iraq Jeff first of all they say hindsight is 22 money but damn that Republicans are still debating. About the war in Iraq what you take. And in -- they are still debating in this morning on the senate floor. It really was a flash back a bit of deja -- -- will when senate majority leader Harry Reid went after Dick Cheney I almost had the -- a sense. And I'm as I was watching that that we were back in 2003 year 2004 or perhaps the Iraqi surged debated 2006 and 2007 so but a key difference here is. We are not. Seeing the same political alignments that we -- You know some it. 1011 and twelve years ago. Back then of course right in the answer -- be -- wake of 9/11 a couple years after. All Republicans lined up -- squarely. Behind President Bush and we're not exactly its patents. Seem quite as much agreement on what should be done here at it. At a hearing this morning. On the S senate. Side of the capital. The chairman of the joint chiefs of staffs that looked air strikes are incredibly difficult here so. We need to. Slowly evaluate our options so this afternoon the four top congressional leaders will go to the White House and meet with the president. Sourcing the beginning of the outlines of what a strategy might be -- air strikes are likely not part of that so. Most politicians here on capitol aren't exactly sure where they should stand on this right now because as everyone -- said there are no easy options so just let's talk about that a little bit because the Iraqi Government is now asking the US to conduct immediate airstrikes. What -- the other choices. Well of course and you could have unmanned air strikes or you could -- on man you could have a drone attacks and other things I think like those are definitely on the table one the option that is off. The table -- least it sounds like as of now is sending in. A lot of ground troops already a couple hundred have gone in to protect the embassy. And to protect American personnel there but there is not the stomach from -- virtually anyone I'm talking to Republicans and certainly Democrats for any types of ground troops out. I -- definitely -- have done. Quandary here. If the difficulty of using airstrikes because we do not have people on the ground we don't have assets on the ground intelligence on the ground so most people are a lot of people -- on Capitol Hill. That a drone strikes are. Are one option -- I think we'll get a better sense of that after that a congressional meeting at the White House this afternoon. And Jeff some would argue that Americans might not be able to stomach that is well the President Obama as you mentioned set to meet with congressional leaders later today. Given the rhetoric out there now on of course with Dick Cheney coming out with his response along with Liz give us an idea of what the president have to lay out to both both congressional leaders and -- and the public. May I think you'll definitely have to lay out to study options that he's been hearing from. His military commanders and we don't to know all of those yet but they reduce seemed to be. I'm ruling out and moving away from the idea. Manned airstrikes. It's so we're not exactly sure to be honest so what he's going to present this afternoon but. It is. A crisis that's escalating. You by the hour by the minute in some cases with no easy answers here of course we have the ships that -- You know -- moved into the region but again most of those are four protecting the embassy and evacuating people if I need be so. You. That there isn't anyone here either on Capitol Hill depending on or the White House who has a trick up their sleeves and a sort of has some secret plant here they are. I'm told by administration officials and others -- really not sure other options are not sure what the the best approach here is that they believe airstrikes. Probably. Are almost certainly not imminent or perhaps not even likely. We've heard references of course in the package that we just heard the story about the possibility of this falling into a civil war situation. How could the US respond if that is indeed the case. They may think we're definitely seeing the outlines of police the beginning of of a civil war is certainly a sectarian violence and things I mean. The challenge here politically at least for president -- -- -- is that the country is war weary. And you know after more than -- 4500. -- casualties in the Iraq warm me in more than 32000. Wounded. After spending 2.2 trillion dollars and more there's just not the interest. By. On the -- the American public to. -- -- -- heavy engagement and involvement in this put into what he has to do is lay out the he'll have to Latvia. The case to the American people. Why this is in our interest and of course it's because of the possibility. Of another a terrorist strike -- -- it's because of the possibility of preventing. A an Islamic state where someone can plan the next attack on the US -- the president what -- to make his case to the American people if he decides to engage heavily militarily but it's a tough case for him he clearly wants his legacy to be ending wars. And this is happening on his watch and of course he asked to deal with it. ABC news senior Washington correspondent -- -- thank you as always for joining us. -- and of course we are awaiting the White House briefing as well you can watch that stream. That Of course this will be. -- hardy's final briefing today. And you can watch that again stream on You can't of course keep up with the story in real time by downloading the ABC news -- And -- the story for exclusive updates on the go. You've been watching international hot spot I'm Michelle Franzen in New York.

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