How did Colorado's elected officials react to Obama's ISIS strategy?

Anthony Cotton -- The Denver Post 

While agreeing that something needs to be done, the members of Colorado's congressional delegation who reacted to President Barack Obama's plan to combat the Islamic State did not offer their blanket approval.

Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter was perhaps the most gung-ho about the initiative, saying, "The president's response to the actions of the terrorists and murderers who call themselves the 'Islamic State' was strong and direct."

However, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman argued that the president's plan didn't go far enough.

"President (George W.) Bush did too much, getting us involved in a costly and unnecessary occupation, but President Obama has done too little to take the fight to those who seek to do us harm," Coffman said. "But we have ignored this threat for far too long. We cannot continue leading from behind."

Added Republican Rep. Cory Gardner: "The president's mishandling of our nation's foreign policy and his failure to formulate a clear strategic vision to confront these threats has led us to the tragic series of events unfolding across the Middle East. ... He must follow through with tangible, tactical action that meets this shared goal."

Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees, wanted to ensure that any plan went through proper channels.

"I believe any expanded U.S. military role beyond airstrikes in the fight against (the Islamic State) must be approved by Congress," Udall said. "The American people must be assured that we are not pursuing another open-ended conflict in the Middle East, and I will not give this president — or any other president — a blank check to begin another land war in Iraq."

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