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Democrats Fearful of ISIS Fight Without an 'End Game'

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 08:21 AM


A growing number of congressional Democrats are expressing concerns about President Barack Obama's plans to target the Islamic State (ISIS), fearing the strategy he has set out could draw the United States into a protracted and messy conflict, according to Politico.

While the Democratic leadership is standing behind the president's plans, rank-and-file members from both the House and the Senate have been privately meeting on Capitol Hill this week to discuss their reservations in advance of a vote in the House Wednesday to approve the plan to arm Syrian rebels.

"As far as I'm concerned, the more I get briefed, the more concerned I am," Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern said, according to Politico. "I don't understand the end game."

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor told Politico he, too, is concerned about the plan to equip Syrian rebels.

"I have concerns about that," he said. "My concern would be that the people we arm today may be our enemies tomorrow."

The divisions reflect a deeper divide within the party between an anti-war base and those who are more hawkish, like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Some Democrats, including vulnerable candidates up for re-election, may also be maneuvering to distance themselves from a president plagued by sinking approval ratings as they face difficult odds going into the November elections.

The White House and leading Democrats are actively working to minimize divisions, and the measure that will be voted on in the House is expected to pass with Democratic support, Politico noted. Supporters include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"By and large, I think people know this is the best alternative among a lot of bad choices," Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill told Politico.


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A growing number of congressional Democrats are expressing concerns about President Obama's plans to target the Islamic State, fearing his strategy could draw the United States into a protracted and messy conflict.
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