COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Even though the United States is still in the planning stages, some members of Congress, including one from Georgia, are giving their thoughts about what the U.S. should do in Iraq.
Congressman Sanford Bishop came to Columbus Friday afternoon to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a Neighborworks Columbus project. He believes it is important for the government to weigh a range of options that could help support Iraqi security forces without endangering our troops.
"It's an unfortunate situation, but it makes us come to grip with reality that even as one of the strongest counties in the world, we can't please everyone," Congressman Bishop said. "We have spent about 10 years of blood, sweat, tears and resources into Iraq, and of course, there are some limits. Many Americans are also suffering, and we have to balance that. This is a difficult issue, and I think we have to be careful in making decisions about how much further we are willing to go."
With the crisis in Iraq continuing to escalate, President Obama spoke about the options to help the Middle Eastern Nation Friday afternoon. He announced that he will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat. President Obama asked his national security team to come up with a range of options that could help the Iraqi security forces. Obama also explained the Iraqi government needs to address the ongoing deep political tensions before the U.S. takes any action.
News Leader Nine also asked Congressman Bishop about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release and arrival back home. The U.S. released five detainees in Guantanamo to bring Bergdahl who was held captive in Afghanistan back home. Congressman Bishop explained the U.S. policy is to leave no soldier behind.
"One of the promises the army makes to its men, and America makes to their service members is that we leave no soldier behind," Congressman Bishop said. "We don't want to leave American service members behind. I heard an admiral say he was on a ship and one of his sailors went overboard. His first objective was to get that sailor out of the water and back on board. Then he would try to determine whether the sailor jumped or was pushed. With Sgt. Bergdahl's situation, we are happy that an American soldier is recovered and back home. I'm certain that whatever the circumstances of his capture will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken if required."
Congressman Bishop said there has been prisoners of wars throughout the past and there have been similar exchanges made.
"Sgt. Bergdahl was a prisoner of war," Congressman Bishop said. "There has been multiple prisoners of war in the past, and there has been exchanges. This swap is nothing new, but I'm just delighted that Sgt. Bergdahl is back home and safe. Again, I'm sure the army will determine if any further action is appropriate."
Sgt. Bergdahl was in captivity for about five years. Defense officials said Bergdahl has not spoke with his family yet, and he is receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.