Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are weighing in on US air strikes in Northern Iraq. While the White House is billing these as humanitarian operations, lawmakers are concerned they could lead to increased military action.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren did specifically say if she supported the president’s actions, ordering the air strikes. She says she does agree with the president that any long-term solution in Iraq needs to come from negotiation and not military action.
“[President Obama] has taken very limited action, both for humanitarian relief that was requested by the Iraqi government, and to protect Americans,” Warren says. “These are limited, targeted actions. It is critical that we not get pulled into a war in Iraq.”
Congressman Jim McGovern says if these operations continue into next month, then Congress needs to take action to authorize them.
McGovern goes on to say these particular strikes get the U.S. directly involved, and the nation needs to be careful in what McGovern calls “an ancient religious and sectarian war in Iraq.”