COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Although president Obama has repeatedly said he will not deploy ground forces to combat ISIS, there was a change in tone by others who were grilled by lawmakers on Capitol Hill today.
Defense secretary Chuck Hagel and American's highest ranking soldier General Martin Dempsey, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman both defended the president's plans to take down ISIS.
If the current strategy of airstrikes fails, General Dempsey says he is prepared to recommend a combat role for U.S. forces in Iraq.
News Leader 9 spoke tonight to congressman Sanford Bishop from Georgia, who is the ranking democrat on the military construction and Veteran's Affairs subcommittee.
"My concern is the safety of the American people, at home and abroad, and our ability to defeat ISIS or ISIL, neutralize them so they will no longer be a threat to our national security," says Congressman Sanford Bishop.
Congressman bishop says he wants to make sure American troops have the proper training and resources to defeat this enemy.
An ISIS fighting position near Baghdad has already been successfully targeted by U.S. airstrikes.