President Obama says America will go after Islamic State militants on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border, but Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer says Congress should vote on whether the U.S. escalates its response to acts of terror by members of the Islamic State, or ISIL.
“A number of officials in the administration are saying that dealing with ISIL and destroying them, taking them out, could take three to five years,” Fischer says. “That’s an extended campaign. That, in my opinion, would require authorization by Congress.”
Senator Fischer, who sits on the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, says expanding the area of attacks also needs permission.
Fischer says, “When you look at extending the bombardment in Iraq, taking that into Syria and talking about this whole-scale elimination of ISIL, then you need to come to Congress.”
While President Obama addressed the issue last week in a nationally-broadcast speech, Fischer says the president needs to be more clear on the goals and requirements of any operation attempting to take on the Islamic State.
“The president really needs to lay out his case and he needs to do so in detail,” Fischer says. “He needs to explain this to the American people.”
Fischer says she is reflecting the strong message she is hearing from Nebraskans on any wider military operations in the Middle East.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton