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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Louisiana GOP congressional members want revamp of U.S. response to Islamic militants

May 21, 2015
In The News

WASHINGTON – The weekend loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic militants is prompting criticism of President Barack Obama and calls for major changes in U.S. strategy from Louisiana congressional Republicans and Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Abraham said the president showed the wrong priorities when he told Coast Guard Academy graduates this week that climate change is the greatest threat to the United States.

"His administration is in the complete denial and disarray in the way it is handling ISIS/ISIL and terrorism in general," Abraham said. "I am completely against putting large-scale American boots on the ground until this president has a strategy and then comes to Congress for proper authorization for force.

"For now, we need forward air controllers in place to provide us with specific, timely targets so that our air strikes can be more effective. Right now, too much of our Intel is old. Second, we need to give the special ops forces who are there now training the Iraqis more authority to direct a war. This will allow the resources and ground troops in place now to combat the enemy, rather than retreating at the first sign of trouble."

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