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Congressman Eric Swalwell

Representing the 15th District of California


Swalwell Supports President’s Plan to Destroy ISIL

September 10, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15), a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after President Obama’s address to the nation on the U.S. response to ISIL. Last week, Swalwell visited the Middle East and met with heads of state in Egypt, Jordan, and Israel:

“Tonight the President laid out a strategy to confront the growing threat of ISIL. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I am deeply concerned by the threat this extreme terrorist group poses to our country and allies in the Middle East. There's no place on Earth for their brutal tactics, and I support the President’s plan to expand our efforts to defeat them anywhere they operate.

“But, we have to learn from the misguided, unfounded Iraq War.  Through American leadership and stitching together a strong coalition, principally made up of Middle East allies, we can destroy ISIL.  We must also ensure that a post-ISIL world includes political environments that do not allow them to re-group and draw us back into the region. “I look forward to attending a classified briefing on ISIL tomorrow.”