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Protection of Iraqi oil reserves is a vital US interest

Q: The Islamic State continues to mobilize in areas of the Middle East and inspire terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States but Congress has dismissed attempts to declare war on ISIS or approve an Authorization for Use of Military Force.

WIESNER: A bedrock value of Americans is that we help our allies. Iraq is an ally and now needs our help. Protection of their oil reserves is a vital interest. We first must recognize that we cannot expect that country to function as a democracy. They, historically, don't chose leaders by elections. Neither will they develop a western style free-market economy. The Middle East way of doing business is different than ours. The United States cannot let the terrorist ISIS army march into Iraq and seize the oil fields. If ISIS takes control of these fields, they will use that oil wealth to promote violence against us and our allies. I support use of our military to defeat ISIS wherever they are including in Syria, Libya, or Iraq.

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal voter guide: 2016 Kansas Senate race , Oct 1, 2016

It's up to the US to completely defeat ISIS

Q: How should Congress direct the next president in the fight against ISIS?.

WIESNER: Complete defeat of ISIS is necessary. Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan, don't have economies strong enough to pay for the military and police forces required to control ISIS while at the same time providing for the needs of their own people. So it's up [to] the United States to stop ISIS; no other nations have this capability. After our troops give us victory, they can come home for good.

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal voter guide: 2016 Kansas Senate race , Oct 1, 2016

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