A Nebraska Congressman suggests Congress should return to Washington and debate the threat the Islamic State poses.
Islamic State, ISIL, ISIS; whatever you call it Congressman Jeff Fortenberry sees a grave threat to civilization itself.
Fortenberry supports President Barack Obama’s action to launch air strikes against ISIL.
“With certain conditions. That this continue to be an international effort,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network. “America cannot fight this alone nor can we stop it alone, nor should we. Sunni Muslim countries have to fight. Iraqis have to regenerate their central government in Baghdad and their army has to fight for itself.”
The difficulty lies in identifying who to support.
“This is complex and multi-layered,” according to Fortenberry. “People blend in the population very easily. There are shifting loyalties. It’s not one side versus the other all the time. Sides can shift.”
Fortenberry says the legal authority the president is relying on to attack ISIL is old, perhaps outdated. Fortenberry suggests that not only does the president need Congressional authority for further action, Congress needs to debate the threat itself.
But, would a session of Congress devolve into petty politics?
“Well, that’s probably part of the underlying resistance to doing this in the short term,” according to Fortenberry. “I just think the question is so serious that it ought to transcend politics and we ought to address it immediately.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1 min.]