Press Release

Blackburn Votes to Take Action in Fight Against ISIL

Says Obama must be more aggressive and forthright about plan to combat terrorism

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Washington, September 17, 2014 | Mike Reynard (202-225-1112) | comments
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today voted in support of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon’s amendment that would authorize the training and equipping of Syrian opposition groups to aid in the fight against ISIL.

“While I support this amendment as a first step in our efforts to fight back against Islamic terrorists, it is my hope that we will re-center our focus and commit to annihilating ISIL from the face of the earth. President Obama must be more aggressive and more forthright when it comes to his strategy for destroying these terrorist thugs.

“When it comes to being honest with the American people about ISIL and what is going to be required to win this fight, President Obama is living in fantasyland. To date, the President has failed to provide us with a clear definition of what a win or success in this fight would look like. Our goal must be to destroy these terrorists and ensure Americans are protected from threat they pose to our freedom and way of life.

“The President’s failure to heed the advice of his top military advisers in Iraq has made our country less secure. He was advised to leave a residual force in Iraq to confront a potential terrorist resurgence.His failure to do so has led to the formation of ISIL, a 30,000 strong terrorist army. Despite the President’s assurance that ISIL was a JV team, we now know the truth. ISIL has secured a territory the size of the United Kingdom and has been brutally murdering men, women, and children in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate. Half-measures will not ‘destroy and degrade’ ISIL. We must take the fight to the enemy before they come to our shores.”

Watch Video of Blackburn's Remarks During Debate on the House Floor
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