"It's time for the Iraqis to resolve it themselves," Senate Majority Leader
The Nevada lawmaker's comments came hours before he and other congressional leaders were to meet with President
Reid also challenged Republicans who have been critical of Obama's handling of the situation in Iraq to say whether they would return significant numbers of U.S. forces to the country to address the current crisis. Those who would support any troop buildup are in a "time warp," he said, and heeding the advice of neoconservatives who would lead the nation into "another foreign misadventure."
"Would they have preferred that our soldiers stayed in Iraq in harm's way?" he asked. "Are they, the Republicans, willing to risk more American lives?"
Few Republicans lawmakers have said directly that they would support sending U.S. troops into Iraq or even use aerial attacks to slow or stop the advance of the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or
"The president's been watching what we've been watching for over a year as the situation in Iraq continued to be undermined. And yet nothing, nothing has happened to try to reverse it. I'm hopeful I'll hear something today," he told reporters.
He specifically said the U.S. should not send combat troops, and acknowledged Wednesday that taking military action is "difficult."
"Is there any good option now in Iraq? No," he said on the Senate floor. "The worst option is to do nothing."