By Martin Matishak - 06/13/14 02:23 PM EDT
The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday said the “nation deserves better answers” from President Obama on how to handle the deteriorating security situation in Iraq.
The president is weighing military options to counter extremist groups marching into Baghdad, but urged the Iraqi government to step up as the U.S. won't be drawn back into conflict, he said.
He called on the president to put out a “comprehensive strategy for Iraq and the Middle East, one that tells our military men and women that their blood, sweat and tears over the past decade weren’t in vain.”
The Oklahoma lawmaker said the U.S. should provide logistics, training, intelligence and foreign military sales to the Iraqi government to stop the al-Qaeda-linked group.
Inhofe was one of several lawmakers who received a classified briefing on Thursday from administration officials about developments on the ground in Iraq. While all who attended the confidential session came out agreeing the U.S. should not commit boots on the ground, they split over whether the president should authorize airstrikes.
For his part, Inhofe said it was “too early” to go forward with aerial attacks.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) also voiced displeasure with the president’s announcement.
“Both Congress and the Pentagon have been warning the White House about the worsening situation in Iraq, but for months it has done almost nothing,” he said in a statement. “It’s long past time for the president to lay out a plan for how we can reverse the momentum and spread of terrorism in Iraq and a region that is critical to U.S. national interests.”