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Rep. Salmon: 'There Are Already Boots on the Ground' in Iraq

By    |   Monday, 15 Sep 2014 11:09 AM


The United States already has boots on the ground in Iraq, and it's time to admit it to the American people, Rep. Matt Salmon told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"Why don't we be straight with the American people? There are already boots on the ground. You might not want to call it boots on the ground. But, the people that are there, the over 1,000 that are already there right now, their families consider them to be boots on the ground," the Arizona Republican said Monday.

Salmon, who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said it was also time to "come clean" and admit, war weary or not, the U.S. had to eradicate the Islamic State (ISIS) and the threat the terrorist organization could mean to the country.

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"I know that we're all war weary. I know everybody is. But, the fact is they do pose a threat to everything that we care about. And, if we're serious about wiping them out, let's go in and get the job done," he said.

President Barack Obama was "moving in the right direction," by sending troops to Iraq and ordering airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Salmon said, but felt the president's plan to provide weapons and training to the Free Syrian Army didn't go "far enough."

Salmon also questioned exactly who made up the Free Syrian Army, and called the process to find and vet moderate forces in Syria "discombobulated at best."

"I don't think there are (any moderates in Syria). I think that, ultimately, if we're going to declare war on (ISIS), then let's do it," he said. "There is no clear path to victory by relying on other forces in that region."

Obama should come to Capitol Hill and request a new authorization of force, Salmon said, adding Congress "ought to give that to him."

"We're at war with these guys, and let's quit candy-coating it," he said. "Let's go in with everything that we've got and finish it this time, make sure that we take care of ISIS once and for all."


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