Congressional approval for military action against the Islamic State, as the president suggested today, isn’t an adequate response for Representative Louie Gohmert (R., Texas) — he wants a “declaration of war against radical Islam.”
Gohmert criticized the president’s approach to Syria, warning that bombing President Bashar Assad a year ago, as the president had initially promised, would have given the Islamic State control over the whole country, which would have been a much worse outcome. For the time being, the United States should not take actions that end up benefiting the Islamic State, Gohmert said, and should instead accept the lesser of two evils, the Assad regime.
“He has consistently chosen, with whatever ridiculous advice he’s been getting, the side of the radical Islamist,” Gohmert said on Fox News Wednesday. If the president were to call for military action against the Islamic State, the Texas congressman said, he’d get congressional approval for that and more.
“I think a lot us would be willing to have a declaration of war against radical Islam, including al-Qaeda, ISIS, ISIL, all of these splinter groups, the ones in Libya,” Gohmert said. “We could name them and I don’t think a lot of us would have a problem.”