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Senator Wicker: “The president is going to have to lead”

By: Magnolia Tribune - September 8, 2014

Wicker: Foreign policy crises require U.S. leadership

TUPELO – Faced with two separate international crises, America’s foreign policy is “in a shambles,” U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said Friday.

Defeating – not just containing – Islamic State militants who have taken over major portions of Iraq is essential, Wicker told the Tupelo Kiwanis Club, and standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expansionism will put the NATO alliance to the test.

“The president is going to have to lead,” Wicker said.

Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, have made clear their belief that the Islamic State group must be defeated, but Wicker said he was concerned with the president’s less emphatic statements about “rolling back” the threat.

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