8/10/14, "Former (Obama) national security adviser: U.S. must help Kurds," Politico, Caitlin Emma
"Former National Security Adviser James Jones said on Sunday the U.S.
must come to the aid of the Kurds if Iraq will ever have a chance of
being put back together.
The Kurdistan Regional Government is categorized as a Tier III
terrorist group under the Immigration and Nationality Act, but that's
"ludicrous," the retired general said on CNN's "State of the Union."
"The Kurds are our best friends in the region, and we can't let
Kurdistan fall" to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIS].
The U.S. also has the capacity to deliver more humanitarian aid
to help the Yazidi population, Jones said. Providing the aid is low-risk
to the U.S., he said, and the U.S. has mastered the art of precision
"We have enormous capacity to drop as much as we need to," Jones said.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said the U.S.
military mission in Iraq has made the country look good and boosted
morale for the Kurds, but it's time for President Barack Obama to take
his leadership one step further. Iraq can't be helped by the U.S. alone,
he said, and Obama has to make the case for internationalizing the