Sen. Barrasso: 'We Can Either Fight Them There or Fight Them Here'

August 27, 2014 - 5:16 AM

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, says the ISIS/ISIL terrorists are "a threat like no other."

"It is a threat to the homeland," he told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Tuesday night. "We can either fight them there or fight them here. And I would rather have them fought over there."

Barrasso said he's advocated arming the Syrian rebels "for years now." He also supports arming the Iraqi Kurds. And he wants to hear President Obama's plan to deal with a "blood-thirsty" group that is "well-armed" and now controls an area "larger than the State of Indiana":

"I think it's incumbent now on the president of the United States, as commander-in-chief, to show leadership, to come forward and express to the American people, articulate the threat that we, as Americans, face and what he is going to do in a comprehensive way to deal with this direct threat that we face."

Barrasso also said Obama needs to get congressional authorization for any strike on Syria:

"The president is is speaking with his military leadership. Has not come to Congress at all. I don't think he ought to let Congress off the hook. Congress ought to be able to, and have to, stand up because this is the way you interface with voters at home. But the president needs to make the case, what is he going to do..."

Barrasso said the United States should not fight ISIS all alone:

"[W]e need to put together a coalition of other countries. And the president needs to lay out the threat to the United States and his plan to deal with it, because I think his secretary of state and secretary of defense are right."

He noted that Secretary of State John Kerry has said that ISIS/ISIL has to be eliminated; Defense Secretary Hagel has said ISIS is an enemy like no other; and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the terrorists must be eliminated in Syria as well as in Iraq.

"And it's time now for the president to lay out a plan," he added.