Illinois’ two U.S. senators agree on what not to do with respect to Iraq. Typically, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) would be for military action, and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) would be against. But Kirk says Iraq is no place for American soldiers now.
“I wouldn’t be for any boots on the ground in Iraq,” he said.
Durbin agrees: “I continue to believe the Iraqis have to solve their own problems. I hope they’ll do it with the support of allies in the region, and there may be some way we can provide some indirect support, but sending American troops is not on the table,” he said.
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Both are willing to consider air strikes, if necessary, to prevent Iraq from becoming a “colony of Iran,” as Kirk put it.
The Iraq government is trying to fight off insurgents from an al-Qaeda splinter group interested in the creation of an Islamic territory that would include parts of Iraq and Syria. They have taken Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, and are marching on Baghdad, the capital.
President Obama said today that sending in U.S. troops is not an option, whereas air support is an option.