The reaction is partisan from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) to the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Schock says the ISIS crisis is “emblematic” of a failed foreign policy” and shows the president’s strategy to “lead from behind.” And, he says, the U.S. is leaving forces behind. Durbin is more supportive of the administration.
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“We need to work to bring whoever was responsible for this to justice – but this is a war, an Iraqi war, that can only be won by Iraqis. We can help, but they have to show the leadership and bring the troops.” Durbin’s said this before - how will this be different? “ISIS advanced quickly. It clearly had more resources and more power than anticipated, “ he says. “Our military advisors are helping the Iraqi army get in place and defend territory. Our air support is helping them as well.”