Coats Notes: Next steps in the fight against the Islamic State

Senator Dan Coats
2014-09-12 17:53:31
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Next steps in the fight against the Islamic State <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15892.16854058.5552385.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fyoutu.be% 2fzxeKV1XXjIg> Click above to watch me discuss this issue on CNN President Obama's speech on Wednesday was a welcome reversal to his previous comments on foreign policy. He finally has acknowledged the threat that ISIS poses, and his response - to begin the process of taking down this so-called caliphate - is welcome news. The president incorporated in his speech many of the elements I recently have called for and that I believe are necessary to achieve success. First, it is now the president's stated intention to pursue ISIS forces wherever they are, rather than his previous policy of using moderate force only in Iraq and only to protect American facilities and personnel. President Obama now has paved the way for expanding our bombing campaign to include ISIS bases in Syria. The wars in Vietnam, Korea and Serbia and our experience along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border have taught us the futility of trying to attack military forces that have safe-haven bases nearby. I believe Congress should consider legislation giving the president authority for this broader action. This broader effort with broader purpose is an essential first step in defeating ISIS. Second, I agree with the president that we must increase our support for the forces on the ground whose fight this is. However, President Obama's plan seemed to limit support for ground forces to the Iraqi Army and Free Syrian Army, neither of which has shown that it can stand up to ISIS. Last month I called for much greater security assistance for our potential partners in the fight against ISIS, including the Kurds. The U.S. should move quickly to provide more arms, training and other requested assistance to Iraqi Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces. We also need to find effective ways to support and directly arm the reliable, vetted Sunni tribes and Sunni leaders in Iraq who are essential partners in combating the ISIS extremists that ultimately are Sunni Islam's greatest threat. Third, I believe the key to the effort to defeat ISIS is what the administration calls coalition building and what I call coalition leading. America cannot take on this fight alone, and I support those diplomatic efforts. It is critical that moderate Muslim states play a significant role in this effort. Secretary Kerry is in the region now to work on putting this coalition together. I remain concerned that Sunni states in the region will continue to leave the defense of regional security up to us. That has to stop. We must secure firm, detailed commitments from those quarters and only then will we be able to judge whether we are at last leading - or not. However, we cannot just reach out and persuade. What is required is visionary and determined leadership. The region and the world are looking to us. Although President Obama has my full agreement and support in this effort, I admit to some serious doubts that the administration is up to this difficult task. In fact, what he has set out to do is arguably unprecedented. War coalitions in the past have been assembled by us, led by us and existed to support America's overwhelmingly dominant war fighting role. This time the boots on the ground will not be ours, but those of others. We have undertaken to assemble and lead a coalition of others doing the fighting. That clearly is a historically unique challenge, and we must wait to see the results and the details before we can confirm that the president's words have real substance and credibility. The American people need to understand that if we are to be successful, we are in for a long and protracted effort that will require a resolute commitment from the United States. The region and the world are looking to America and to President Obama for leadership. Coats in the News Sen. 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Next steps in the fight against the Islamic State


Click above to watch me discuss this issue on CNN 

President Obama’s speech on Wednesday was a welcome reversal to his previous comments on foreign policy. He finally has acknowledged the threat that ISIS poses, and his response – to begin the process of taking down this so-called caliphate – is welcome news.

The president incorporated in his speech many of the elements I recently have called for and that I believe are necessary to achieve success.
 
First, it is now the president’s stated intention to pursue ISIS forces wherever they are, rather than his previous policy of using moderate force only in Iraq and only to protect American facilities and personnel.
 
President Obama now has paved the way for expanding our bombing campaign to include ISIS bases in Syria. The wars in Vietnam, Korea and Serbia and our experience along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border have taught us the futility of trying to attack military forces that have safe-haven bases nearby. I believe Congress should consider legislation giving the president authority for this broader action.
 
This broader effort with broader purpose is an essential first step in defeating ISIS. 
 
Second, I agree with the president that we must increase our support for the forces on the ground whose fight this is. However, President Obama’s plan seemed to limit support for ground forces to the Iraqi Army and Free Syrian Army, neither of which has shown that it can stand up to ISIS. 
 
Last month I called for much greater security assistance for our potential partners in the fight against ISIS, including the Kurds. The U.S. should move quickly to provide more arms, training and other requested assistance to Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces. We also need to find effective ways to support and directly arm the reliable, vetted Sunni tribes and Sunni leaders in Iraq who are essential partners in combating the ISIS extremists that ultimately are Sunni Islam’s greatest threat.
 
Third, I believe the key to the effort to defeat ISIS is what the administration calls coalition building and what I call coalition leading. America cannot take on this fight alone, and I support those diplomatic efforts.
 
It is critical that moderate Muslim states play a significant role in this effort. Secretary Kerry is in the region now to work on putting this coalition together. I remain concerned that Sunni states in the region will continue to leave the defense of regional security up to us. That has to stop. We must secure firm, detailed commitments from those quarters and only then will we be able to judge whether we are at last leading – or not.

However, we cannot just reach out and persuade. What is required is visionary and determined leadership. The region and the world are looking to us.  
 
Although President Obama has my full agreement and support in this effort, I admit to some serious doubts that the administration is up to this difficult task. In fact, what he has set out to do is arguably unprecedented. 
 
War coalitions in the past have been assembled by us, led by us and existed to support America’s overwhelmingly dominant war fighting role. This time the boots on the ground will not be ours, but those of others. 
 
We have undertaken to assemble and lead a coalition of others doing the fighting. That clearly is a historically unique challenge, and we must wait to see the results and the details before we can confirm that the president’s words have real substance and credibility.  
 
The American people need to understand that if we are to be successful, we are in for a long and protracted effort that will require a resolute commitment from the United States. The region and the world are looking to America and to President Obama for leadership.

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Visiting with Indiana members of the American Farm Bureau Federation about the needs of Hoosier farmers.

 

Indiana's 2013 Principals of the Year

Michael Krutz: Merrillville High School, Merrillville

 

  

Dan Wilson: Lynhurst 7th and 8th Grade Center, Indianapolis

  


 

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