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Ryan: U.S. must react quickly to ISIS threat

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says the United States must react quickly to eliminate the terrorist group ISIS, despite mixed public support for further military intervention in the Middle East.

The Janesville Republican told “UpFront with Mike Gousha” the role of the U.S. should be mostly limited to air strikes, but said some Americans could fill advisory positions with local forces like the Syrian Free Army. Ryan warned of the potential for expansion of ISIS, pointing to “thousands of foreign jihadists with foreign passports” that could pose a threat to U.S. security.

“This kind of terrorist group; they’re not war-weary; they’re coming,” the former GOP vice presidential candidate said on the program, produced in a partnership with WisPolitics.com.

Calling ISIS a containable threat, Ryan said the U.S. risks a loss of international standing by failing to react. While he believes the nation’s domestic and economic issues can be handled, he expressed concerns about a “dangerous trajectory” of foreign policy under President Obama.

Although critical of the president, Ryan said he's worried Republicans are framing the upcoming midterm elections as a referendum on Obama’s job performance without presenting alternatives. He said his new book, "The Way Forward," outlines his ideas for building a broader conservative movement that appeals to a majority of Americans.

“We can’t just define ourselves as what we are against … We need to offer a comprehensive alternative,” Ryan said. “We have to be a proposition party; we have to be an alternative party.”

See more from Ryan's appearance here.


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