Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson On Threat of ISIS & Airstrikes in Iraq

Sep 30, 2014

Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr. speaks about the Syrian bombing campaign September 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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War planes from the U.S. and other allied countries are continuing to strike at targets in Syria and Iraq. They're part of the effort to turn back territorial gains made by members of the group known as ISIS.

The military response comes without a Congressional authorization for war, but it is eliciting backing from many in Congress who have opposed President Obama's foreign policy in the past. Yesterday on national television, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan offered his support for military strikes.

Meanwhile, President Obama himself appeared on CBS's 60 Minutes Sunday evening and said his administration had underestimated the threat posed by ISIS and overestimated the Iraqi Army's ability to defend the country.

Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson has been engaged in the issue, as well, both as an elected official and now as an appointed US representative at the United Nations. 

"The only way the American public will support the long term actions that will be required is that they see the Arab nations are also fully engaged, fully committed, both militarily and financially to the destruction of this ideology, to the destruction of these Islamic terrorists," Ron Johnson says.