Valley veterans react to growing tensions in Iraq

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — As tensions are mounting in Iraq, veterans and lawmakers are voicing their opinions on what’s going on overseas.

While President Obama is working with his national security team to come up with a plan, people in the Valley have their own opinions on how our country should respond to the turmoil in Iraq.

“I think so far we’re staying the right course, try to back them up if need be I guess, some way, but no foot soldiers, so that’s good,” said Army veteran Michael Graban.

“I hate to see ground forces in there. I hate to see anymore lives lost,” added Navy veteran Christopher Yohman.

This crisis comes just three years after the president pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq. State Senator Joe Schiavoni said he thinks it should stay that way.

“Of course you have to keep the peace throughout the world. That’s part of our job as the United States, but you know putting young people in harm’s way every single day year after year after year, I think the general public is starting to work at that and say it’s about time we get out of Iraq,” said Schiavoni.

The president has said military action isn’t the only answer. He’s stressed that Iraq’s leaders need to work together to reach a political solution.

“We better start getting on our hands and knees and praying for this country and our officials and that’s where i believe is the answer. We got to lock horns with God and pray for this country,” said Yohman.

“My personal opinion, we’ve done our best. You’ll never win this war. I don’t know whose feelings that hurts but that’s how I feel anyways,” finished Graban.

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