U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today about the situation in Iraq, specifically calling for U.S. support of the Kurds with air support, intelligence, and equipment:
"Today's tactical strikes against ISIS are long overdue. While the White House has been paralyzed by handwringing and indecision, ISIS now operates the largest terrorist safe haven in the world. Now more than 35,000 lives are threatened for simply being in the religious minority, and ISIS' strength and influence poses a direct threat to the U.S. We knew this could and likely would happen. I'm glad the President finally is beginning to recognize the severity of the threat in Iraq, but as has become the norm for his administration, he waited to act until the situation became a security and humanitarian crisis, a crisis that could have been avoided.
"As I've said many times before, the President must come forward with a clear and compelling strategy for Iraq and the broader region. I believe a vital component of any strategy must involve direct assistance to the Kurds, who have proven to be a steadfast partner of the United States. They have shown themselves willing and able to fight against ISIS, but are finding themselves outgunned and need more support. I've met with President Barzani on several occasions, and trust his judgment in this crisis to request assistance from the U.S. We need to provide them with air support, intelligence, and equipment, such as small arms, ammunition, and anti-tank weapons. The Kurds have played a vital role for the U.S. in the region, and it is critical we stand by their side."