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Rep. Fleming reacts to President's Iraq announcement

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President Obama announced a plan on Thursday that will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq. Their job will be to support and train Iraqi security forces as they defend themselves against ISIS, an Islamic militant group that has been taking over Iraqi cities and has its sights set on the capital, Baghdad.

But the president's plan is not going over well with a local congressman. Rep. John Fleming of the 4th District of Louisiana spoke to KTBS 3 News about his opposition to the President's actions. He said Thursday's announcement is too little, too late.

"I'm very skeptical that we're going to find much in the way of success by, in effect, leading from behind -- by allowing insurgents to take over that much of Iraq," Fleming said. "And then to put a small footprint in, with no real understanding of what the results of that may be."

Fleming, a Republican from Minden, ripped into what he calls the "Obama Doctrine," saying the president hasn't done enough to stop the spread of terrorism. Fleming added that he agreed with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who said the Iraqi insurgency is a part of a "broader foreign policy failure" on the part of President Obama.


However, Fleming said that at this point, he needs more information before he can say for sure whether he would approve of further military action in the war-torn country. President Obama has said there will be no combat troops deployed, but military air strikes are a possibility. Fleming believes that the U.S. needs to know how dangerous ISIS could be before it takes that route.


"Can (insurgents) take down an aircraft?" Fleming asked. "And can they capture an American pilot? And can they recreate the situation that we had with (Bowe) Bergdahl? These are all very worrisome developments."


When asked if President Obama should seek congressional approval for future military moves in Iraq, Fleming said that President Obama is "well within his rights as commander-in-chief" to send the advisers. But -- like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) -- Fleming said the president should brief Congress before moving ahead with further actions.

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