With militants expanding their battle for control of Iraq on Thursday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) criticized President Obama for not taking preemptive measures to head off the insurgency.
"It's not like we haven't seen this problem coming for over a year," he said. "They're 100 miles from Baghdad, and what's the president doing? Taking a nap."
In the past week, Sunni insurgents captured parts of northern and western Iraq, Kurdish forces seized Kirkuk, and Iran reportedly deployed Revolutionary Guards to aid floundering Iraqi soldiers. Given the chaos, Obama on Thursday said the U.S. wouldn't "rule out anything" to respond to the crisis.