ISIS poses a danger to America, lawmakers from both parties say
WASHINGTON — Islamic terrorists' growing influence in Iraq and Syria is a threat to Americans, lawmakers from both parties agreed on Sunday even as they sharply split on what role the United States should play in trying to crush them.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the militants threaten not just Iraqis, but Americans as well.
He said the airstrikes President Obama authorized were insufficient to turn back the militants and were designed “to avoid a bad news story on his watch.”
“I think of an American city in flames because of the terrorists' ability to operate in Syria and in Iraq,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.” “This is just not about Baghdad. This is just not about Syria. It is about our homeland.”
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the militants pose a threat “in our backyard” and are recruiting Westerners.
“Inaction is no longer an option,” she wrote in a statement.
The Islamic State is “getting stronger all the time,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on CNN's “State of the Union.”
“This ISIS is metastasizing throughout region, and their goal, as they've stated openly time after time, is the destruction of United States of America,” he added.
Lawmakers from both parties largely agreed that a war-weary America has little appetite to send military forces back to Iraq.
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