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The Hill: GOP rep to Obama: ISIS is no ‘J.V. team’

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By Ramsey Cox

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) called on President Obama to stop downplaying the threat presented by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“The president is wrong to continue to downplay this threat by saying that ISIS is claiming to be at war with America merely out of expediency, or that ISIS is motivated by sheer ‘nihilism,’” Pompeo said on Wednesday. “This is not a ‘J.V. team,’ as the president has put it. ISIS is an army of cold-blooded killers motivated by radical Islam.”

Pompeo’s remarks came after Obama spoke about the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic militants that have taken control of land in Syria and Iraq.

The administration has sent hundreds of military advisers and launched airstrikes in Iraq in an effort to push back advances made by ISIS.

Pompeo called on Obama to do more since the group continues to kill religious minorities in the region.

“The president’s current path of action has been far too limited to make a difference,” Pompeo said. “We must do what is necessary to eliminate ISIS, protect the innocent, and keep Americans safe.”

Pompeo serves on the House Intelligence Committee.

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