Tester concerned about Iraq

Havre Daily News

by Tim Leeds

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont ., said the situation in Iraq has him worried and the United States needs to be careful that sending advisers, to help the Iraqi government deal with rebels, doesn’t escalate into sending combat troops back to the Middle Eastern country.

“My concern is, is we could get sucked into this thing really easy, and I am going to be very, very, very hesitant to do that,” he said during a press conference Thursday. “I’ve told them we ought to back out and let the Iraqis sort it out.”

Tester said he and other senators met with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Wednesday, and that meeting increased his belief that the 2001 invasion of Iraq was “a very, very bad decision.”

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