EAST MOLINE - Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in the Illinois 17th District, released the following statement this afternoon about the American air strikes against ISIS terrorists in Iraq.
"I support the President on these air strikes. Unfortunately, they are necessary to prevent genocide that is occurring right now in Iraq against Christians and other religious minorities. I firmly believe that stopping genocide is in the national security interest of the United States. The world cannot say 'never again' in good conscience, while ignoring flagrant genocide.
"The situation is completely out of control because the President has ignored dire warnings from diplomatic, military, and intelligence professionals for far too long as he seemingly tried to wish away this growing menace. President Obama has projected profound weakness at a time when resolute strength was required in a dangerous part of the world that only respects strength. It is time for President Obama to step up and lead by putting forth a long-term strategy to deal with this national security threat. If he does, I will join him in a bipartisan effort that is worthy of the United States of America."