The U.S. Capitol Building is pictured in Washington, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Washington Post: How Republicans hope to turn Islamic State into a problem for Democrats

DES MOINES — One by one, nearly a dozen GOP presidential hopefuls took the stage here last weekend for a Lincoln Dinner, each different in style and stature but all joining a rising Republican chorus that lays blame for the Islamic State terrorist group squarely at the feet of President Obama.

“If you fought in Iraq, it worked. It’s not your fault it’s going to hell. It’s Obama’s fault,” Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) said to cheers.

Even the event’s timing — hours after U.S. Special Operations killed a key Islamic State leader — did little to alter the pitch. “It’s a great day, but it’s not a strategy,” said former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

WNU Editor: President Obama has been in the White House for 6 and a half years .... and he has had a big hand (if not the only hand) in shaping U.S. foreign policy .... specifically in the Middle East. But as much as his policy may have failed in the Middle East .... bottom line .... the American public (at this point in time) do not relish the idea of going back and escalating our military involvement in the many wars and conflicts that are now raging throughout the region. In this environment the Republicans have a problem .... the options that many of them favor is not what the U.S. public is interested in. So as much as the rise of the Islamic State is raising U.S. concerns .... the U.S. public is tuned out.  On the flip side .... the group that deserves to be criticized is the peace movement. After years of being actively involved against U.S. wars .... they have been silent for the past 6 and a half years .... even though U.S. involvement in wars and conflicts continue to escalate and grow.

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