U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie of Kentucky says he supports U.S. military action against ISIS.
The Bowling Green Republican says he is ready to debate President Obama’s proposal to authorize the use of military force against the terrorist group. Guthrie, however, says sending ground troops would be premature.
"I think the people in the Mid East are being affected by it too, as Jordan well knows," Guthrie told WKU Public Radio. "I think it's a threat to us as a country, as well, but those directly affected by it need to send troops to fight. I think if we jump in with ours, they'll step back."
Congressman Guthrie says the threat posed by ISIS is just as serious as the threat once posed by Al-Qaeda.
Lawmakers will hold hearings in advance of approving the president’s request to authorize the use military force against ISIS. Guthrie says the AUMF must provide strong enough authority for the president to takeany actions necessary to destroy ISIS.
The last AUMF was issued in 2001 against those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks.