Jensen on ISIS: 'If we don't go to them they are going to come to us'

09/10/2014 08:47 PM

Democratic 6th District Congressional candidate Elisabeth Jensen says that the United States needs to “make sure we are prepared” to protect American interests at home and abroad as Islamic militants have threatened to carry out an attack on American soil.

“The danger is very real. The actors there right now are very ruthless and I think if we don’t go to them they are going to come to us,” Jensen said Wednesday morning.

Jensen, who is vying for the Congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, said the biggest worry for her is that Congress can unite behind a plan — which Obama is expected to announce Wednesday night.

“My big concern though is that we have a Congress and a president that can work together to address this issue. Because the president can make his decision – his announcement tonight, but Congress has to fund it. Congress has to decide how were going to implement it,” she said.

Obama has already made more than 140 bombing runs against Islamic militants in Iraq in recent weeks, and is expected to call for bombing runs against ISIS in Syria. Jensen said she would be in favor of following ISIS across the Iraqi border and into Syria if that’s where the terrorists are.

“I think we need to follow them wherever they’re going to go. It doesn’t make sense to address them in one place and not in another,” Jensen said.

Many in Congress have called for a lasting security force in Iraq and Afghanistan after a conflict — something Barr and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says left Iraq vulnerable to extremists after American troops pulled out of the region in 2011.

“I think this is not going to be an overnight solution…I hope it involves as few Americans as possible on the ground. But I think we need to do what needs to get done and come up with a long term plan together – not only on our own but with allies in Europe and a coalition in the region,” Jensen said.

Kentucky ranks among the top ten for highest active duty military populations with more than 45,000 members living in the state.


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