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O'Malley: Islamic State a result of 'mindless rush to war'

O'Malley: Islamic State a result of 'mindless rush to war'

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said Friday the rise of the Islamic State group was an unintended consequence of a "mindless rush to war" in Iraq and the U.S. must avoid "mission creep" there now. In a speech, the former Maryland governor said the invasion of Iraq was one of the most tragic and costly blunders in U.S. history. He made no mention of his Democratic rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who faced criticism during her 2008 presidential campaign for her Senate vote in favor of the 2003 invasion, which she has since called a mistake. "No threat probably better illustrates the unintended consequences of a mindless rush to war — and a...

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