A US Congressman says the recent violence in Iraq requires a regional response.
On a visit to Eau Claire today, La Crosse Democrat Ron Kind said the rise of the insurgent group ISIS stretches beyond Iraq's borders, and requires a response from other affected nations in the region. Kind jokingly referred to Iraq as "the gift that keeps on giving," saying he believes the U.S. is exhausted given our repeated deployments there.
"I don't want to see U.S. boots on the ground again in Iraq, nor do I believe the president wants to go there," Kind said.
Still, Kind said the situation is getting more urgent and the U.S. is being asked for help by Prime Minister Nouri al-Miliki.
"The Maliki government has come to us for assistance, whether it's intelligence or even the possibility of some air strikes to slow down the movement of the ISIS group towards Baghdad," Kind said.
Kind says the nation's first priority is the safety of U.S. personnel in Iraq. The largest U.S. embassy in the world is in Baghdad. Kind blames the breakdown in part on the failure of the Iraqi government to include some of the key Sunni leaders.
Representative Kind was in Eau Claire to meet with ESOP employee-owned companies and to announce his annual office budget giveback. Each year, Kind says his office gives back 7 to 9 percent of its budget that goes unused. This year the amount is over 56,000 dollars, bringing the total to around 1.5 million dollars during his time in office.