(AMES, Iowa) – Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee called on President Obama on Saturday to arm the Kurdish people in Iraq, saying that the U.S. has left them with their “pants down around their ankles” and unable to defend themselves.
“If we had good sense, we would arm the Kurds as we said we would. We gave them nothing, not so much as a BB gun, not so much as a bean bag, and instead those people, the only friends we’ve got in that region other than Israel, we’ve left them with their pants down around their ankles without nothing except a love for America and a will to fight for themselves,” Huckabee said at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.
“Where is the outrage in this country that we have not kept our promises to those Kurdish people? The government of Maliki and Iraq said he would take the weapons and see that the Kurds got them, but out of his corruption, nothing has been delivered to the Kurds, nothing,” he added. “And they stand their tonight battling with little more than the hopes that America will once again be a nation that values people who love freedom and who love god and why aren’t we there?”
In a press conference following the speech, Huckabee said he opposes putting U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and supports independence for the Kurds.
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