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Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

Representing the 38th District of CA

Linda Sánchez Calls for Cautious & Measured Response to ISIL Threat

September 11, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38) issued the following statement after President Barack Obama outlined his plan to combat the threat posed by the jihadist group ISIL:


“The events of the last several months- including the terrorizing of minority communities in Iraq and Syria, the brutal murder of two U.S. journalists, and heightened rhetoric against our country- have made it clear that the Islamic State poses a threat to U.S. interests and our national security.


Tonight, President Obama outlined his plan to combat the Islamic State with continued targeted airstrikes and international and regional partnerships meant to hamper the group’s reign of terror.


While I support heightened aggression against key Islamic State targets in Iraq, I have reservations about expanding airstrikes into Syria. Committing U.S. military involvement to a country that is undergoing a complicated and lengthy civil war has serious potential international implications.


More specifically, I am concerned about the possibility of a protracted military campaign that might put American troops in future danger. I urge the administration to think ahead and develop a detailed assessment of how the U.S. would respond should airstrikes in Syria lead to more serious military involvement.


I trust that the President will act accordingly and seek Congressional approval should additional military action, beyond what he outlined tonight, is needed in the region.”