Last night, President Obama addressed the nation on ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and how the U.S. will respond to this growing threat. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I am deeply concerned by the threat this terrorist group poses to our country and allies in the Middle East. Their acts of barbarism and extreme cruelty, including their beheading of two American journalists, show they are an organization that the world cannot ignore.
I visited the Middle East last week to hear from U.S. commanders and heads of state in Egypt, Jordan, and Israel on how we can work together to destroy ISIL.
In modern history, a terrorist group has never grown as quickly in such a short amount of time as ISIL. Their brutal tactics have no place in society, and I support the President’s announcement to go on the offense in order to defeat them. While I agree we need to arm our allies, I do not favor putting our own combat troops on the ground.
But, we have to learn from past mistakes and cannot go about this alone. There must be a strong coalition including regional allies to destroy ISIL and create a political environment that empowers local populations and minority groups.
This morning I was interviewed by CNN about the threat from ISIL and why I believe Congress should have the opportunity to vote on further military involvement and put controls and parameters on the expansion of our efforts to destroy their capabilities. You can watch the interview here.
I will continue to monitor the situation and will update you as developments unfold.As always, it is an honor to represent you. Visit my website or contact my East Bay offices at 510-370-3322 or 925-460-5100 if we can be of service in any way. To stay connected, join me on Twitter @RepSwalwell andFacebook.
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