Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Steve Russell (R-Okla.), both Iraq War veterans, are calling on President Obama to devise a “serious” political strategy for defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“The political strategy must achieve an objective we failed to secure after our military success in the Surge: a non-sectarian Iraqi government that endures,” the pair, both members of the Armed Services Committee, wrote in a Time magazine op-ed on Tuesday.
“A serious political strategy puts the Iraqis on a path toward stability and ensures our troops’ efforts won’t be in vain,” they added.
Moulton and Russell argued that Baghdad must accept some Kurdish autonomy, rein in Shiite militias and incorporate minority Sunnis into a broader government coalition to successfully counter ISIS.
The bipartisan plea comes as the president’s proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS and its allies languishes on Capitol Hill.