West Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says the United States should initiate air and drone cover against the insurgents in Iraq.
President Barack Obama is notifying Congress that about 275 American military personnel could deploy to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. Personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, according to the Associated Press. Davis says there’s no time to waste in protecting that country.
“I think the President should immediately provide air cover and drone cover. I’m not talking about ground troops at all,” he says.
Davis says under President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, foreign policy is a failure. Davis says the insurgent takeover of three major Iraqi cities must mean Baghdad is vulnerable, reminiscent of the U.S. seizure of that city eleven years ago.
“Sometimes I feel like folks like Adam Kinzinger and me have to reach and pull this administration forward rather than watching them lead and us joining them,” says Davis. “The disaster of Syria actually had an effect on being able to allow this Islamic group to march into Iraq.”
Obama says forces are equipped for combat and will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed. About 160 troops are already in Iraq, including 50 marines and more than 100 Army soldiers, some of which have only recently arrived.
Information from the Associated Press is used in this article.