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Rep. Ron Kind Statement on the Obama Administration's ISIS Strategy

September 11, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) released the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s strategy to confront the ISIS terrorist group. Rep. Kind also attended a classified briefing on ISIS held by White House officials for House members earlier today.

“The United States is building a broad international coalition to address this terrorist threat, and support for that effort is growing across the globe. But this is a complex issue with no simple solution.

“I have said from the beginning that I do not support sending any military combat troops in order to deal with ISIS. The current situation in Iraq is another example of the Sunni-Shia split that’s been in existence for centuries, and only the people in the region are going to be able to resolve this for themselves. Having more combat troops in the Middle East is not the answer.

“I support the President’s decisions to use targeted airstrikes in Syria and Iraq to degrade and destroy ISIS, and to send service members to assist Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training and intelligence. I am also encouraged to see that Iraq has created a national unity government that includes a cross section of religious and ethnic groups focused on overcoming the extremism represented by ISIS.

“I am expecting a lot more clarification on the what the definition of ‘success’ will be in this effort, and what the costs will be to achieve that goal. And I am concerned about mission creep, and want to ensure that our engagement in Iraq and Syria remains targeted but effective.”