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Cole Statement on Air Strikes in Syria to Combat ISIL

September 23, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s ordering of air strikes to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 

“As I’ve said earlier, ISIL represents a clear and present danger to the safety and security of the United States,” said Cole. “If this terrorist organization continues to function, we risk the threat of the establishment of a terrorist state in the region. Neither the United States nor our Allies in the region can tolerate that becoming a reality. 

“I am pleased that the president has led and shown the world American strength, resolve and determination to destroy ISIL by targeting its strongholds in the region through air strikes. He has done so prudently by encouraging the participation and building of a coalition with Arab allies, who are also in danger if ISIL is not destroyed.  

“Just as the president has built a coalition abroad, I hope that he will work to build a similar coalition with lawmakers in both chambers of Congress.  As I said last week, the amendment that passed to authorize training and weapons of the Free Syrian Army does not authorize force in Syria. Constitutionally, I believe that it is most appropriate and better for the president and the nation if Congress authorizes force. I hope Congress will debate and vote on this as early as possible, allowing our own citizens and the rest of the world to see a united country.”