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Utah's Rep. Stewart blasts Obama on ISIS strategy


Utah's Rep. Stewart blasts Obama on ISIS strategy
Utah's Rep. Stewart blasts Obama on ISIS strategy
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(KUTV) In his speech at the G20 Summit in Turkey on Monday morning, President Obama said he will not send ground forces to fight ISIS in Syria. He said the way to fight the terrorist group is not through conventional warfare.

At least one Utah Congressman is calling for a change in policy following Friday's attacks in Paris.

"How can the president make an argument that his policy is succeeding? I think he's the only person in the world who feels that way," said Rep. Chris Stewart, R, Utah, reacting to the President's announcement from his office in Washington DC.

"It's just nuts to me that he hasn't been willing to say we can do a better job than this."


When asked if a large number of ground troops should be deployed in Syria and Iraq to fight ISIS, Stewart said, "I think we should consider every option." He went on to say we should first reconsider our strategy for defeating ISIS, something he says the President has failed to clearly articulate.

At the moment, the US response in Syria has been leading an allied coalition in targeted airstrikes. Just recently the President's administration sent a small group of special forces to the region to gather intelligence.

"He put 50 special forces in Syria, one of the most chaotic places in the world and we think 50 soldiers are going to make a difference," said Stewart.

The attack in Paris raises another issue of concern: Syrian refugees.

Thousands are fleeing the country's civil war and are seeking asylum in the United States, Utah even. Stewart suggests holding-off on allowing any refugees into the U.S., for fear it will allow terrorists to cross the border under the guise of being a political refugee.

"I'm intimately aware of the challenge that this is and I'm telling you there is no way to adequately vet these refugees," said Stewart, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee. "Let's have a serious conversation about how we end this war, how we make the area more stable, we we make it so the refugees don't want to continue to leave the area for the next 20 years."

RELATED: In wake of Paris attacks, Gov. Herbert orders evaluation of state's refugee plan

As of Monday, 10 state governor's are refusing to allow Syrian refugees into their states. Utah Gov., Gary Herbert has not made that proclamation, but his office released a statement Monday afternoon, saying, in-part: "The governor has directed the Utah Department of Public Safety to immediately reevaluate the security checks currently used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security as part of Utah's refugee program. The highest duty of a governor is to protect public safety."

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The statement goes on to say, "Utahns are well known for our compassion for those who are fleeing the violence in their homeland, and we will work to do all we can to ease their suffering without compromising public safety."



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