Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) on Tuesday said that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is responsible for the crisis in Iraq.
Sherman, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, argued that it was unfair to blame the Obama administration for the crisis. He noted that President George W. Bush installed Maliki as Iraq prime minister in May 2006.
Sherman said it was "absurd" for Republicans to suggest that President Obama could have paved the way for a peace deal that would have prevented the violence by Sunni militants from the group ISIS.
"To say that President Obama should be able to negotiate a long-term agreement with Maliki when President Bush… couldn't is utterly absurd," Sherman said.
On Monday, Obama ordered the deployment on 275 military personnel into Iraq to protect the U.S. embassy in Baghdad as the violence has escalated.