House Dem: Progress in Iraq 'gone to waste'

A House Democrat who served four tours in Iraq as a Marine said Tuesday that the lack of a long-term plan for the Middle East has already wasted the progress made in Iraq, and threatens to create more wasted effort in Afghanistan.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., didn't explicitly criticize President Obama for failing to come up with a strategy for the Middle East and the fight against the Islamic State. But in an appearance on "Morning Joe," Moulton did make it clear that the current administration is failing to put forward much of a plan.

"I went back to Iraq in February as a member of the Armed Services Committee, and it was disheartening to see so much of what we had fought for, and frankly achieved, just gone to waste because we didn't have a political plan for the aftermath," he said.

Obama has been criticized for years for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, which many say created a situation that allowed the Islamic State to flourish. Obama faced more criticism on Monday after giving a lackluster press conference in which many reporters asked how the U.S. will step up the fight against the terrorist group in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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