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Illinois Republicans Are Not Confident in Obama on Iraq

Illinois Republicans Are Not Confident in Obama on Iraq

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An immediate order for air and drone cover for Iraqi troops fighting the insurgents would be the right decision for President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, says U. S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville).

It would also be a reversal, says Davis, who calls the administration’s foreign policy a failure: “Sometimes, I feel like folks like (U. S. Rep.) Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) and me have to reach and pull this administration forward,” Davis said, “rather than watching them lead and us joining them. The disaster of Syria actually had an effect on being able to allow this Islamic group to march into Iraq.”

U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) says President Obama is the wrong man to deal with the new crisis in Iraq.

Kirk says Obama and his current national security team have failed to stop violence in the country caused by Islamic militants such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has seized large areas of northern Iraq.

“I’m very worried that the president doesn’t appear to be up to this job of protecting the United States,” Kirk said. “If Iraq turns into a Cambodia-style killing field, then the U.S. will
have a real big problem.”

Kirk last week characterized the surging militants as “Iraq’s problem” and said the U.S. must not commit soldiers to the conflict.

Kirk’s suggestion to Obama is to replace his national security team, and then coordinate airstrikes on ISIS targets with the Iraqi government.

Kirk is against Iran having a role in ending the violence, saying Obama tends to “give too much” to Iran in negotiations.

Secretary of State John Kerry has suggested that the U.S. may speak to Iran about ending gains by militants in Iraq, but the Pentagon clarified that any cooperation would not include
military coordination.

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