Nebraska Congressmen are cautious when commenting on President Obama’s request to use military force against the Islamic State.
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says Congress shouldn’t authorize force until other countries in the region agree to join the fight against the Islamic State.
“The position the United States should be in is, of course, one of leadership, compelling the countries, particularly in the region, to fight using their own resources and we’ll help them do that,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Fortenberry says the Sunni Arab countries must play an active role in any coalition used to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
Congressman Adrian Smith says the president’s proposal has come with a lot of background information that he wants to study before deciding.
“We’ll look at all that information. I will sift through all that and have as many discussions as I can, because it is a very serious topic,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The proposal requests military authorization to go after, degrade, and destroy the Islamic State. It contains a three-year sunset provision and makes revisions to the post-9/11 authorization of military action against terrorists and countries that aid or harbor them.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]