Illinoisâ€™ two U.S. senators agree on what not to do with respect to Iraq.
Typically, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) would be for military action, and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) would be against. But Kirk says Iraq is no place for American soldiers now.
â€śI wouldnâ€™t be for any boots on the ground in Iraq,â€ť he said.
â€śI continue to believe the Iraqis have to solve their own problems. I hope theyâ€™ll do it with the support of allies in the region, and there may be some way we can provide some indirect support, but sending American troops is not on the table,â€ť he said.
Both are willing to consider air strikes, if necessary, to prevent Iraq from becoming a â€ścolony of Iran,â€ť as Kirk put it.
The Iraqi government is trying to fight off insurgents from an al-Qaeda splinter group interested in the creation of an Islamic territory that would include parts of Iraq and Syria. They have taken Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, and are marching on Baghdad, the capital.
President Obama said Friday that sending in U.S. troops is not an option, whereas air support is an option.