U.S. Senator Mark Kirk doesn’t think highly of President Obama’s new strategy to fight off Islamic militants in Iraq. Obama is sending 1,500 more troops into the country, bringing the total number of US troops there to 3,000, though they’re not being used in combat roles. Kirk believes airstrikes are the more important tool against the group known as ISIS, but he also thinks Obama needs to look at a broader military solution.
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“The worry I have about this war—Iraq 2.0—the President is fighting it drip by drip, with very low resources,” Kirk said. “You want to make sure you’re giving enough resources to win and actually hold back ISIS.” Obama has said the additional troops are not a sign that the original airstrike policy has failed. Kirk's suggestion is increase the number of aircraft being used in these strikes to about 2,000 per day.