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Fiorina: ‘We really are sitting by’ in ISIS fight

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Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday that the United States needs to help its allies in the Middle East instead of ramping up the number of ground troops to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“I disagree that we’re at that point where we need to put tens of thousands of boots on the ground,” she said ABC News’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

The only woman in the Republican field said the Obama administration has done nothing in Syria to stem the tide of violence in the region.

“We really are sitting by when we could be leading a coalition of Arab allies to defeat ISIS,” she said.

Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said that instead, the United States needs to provide Jordan’s King Abdullah, “a man I’ve known a long time, with the bombs and the material that he’s been requesting for a year and a half, instead of forcing him to go to China.”

“I think the Jordanians, the Saudis, the Kuwaitis, the Kurds and the Egyptians are all fighting ISIS as we speak on the ground,” she said.

“They know this is their fight. Yes, they need leadership, resolve support and material from us. We haven’t provided any of it. And if we did, it will make a big difference.”

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