- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that other countries must become more involved in the fight against the Islamic State group.

“This is an international crisis,” Mr. Sanders, Vermont independent, told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This is a regional crisis and I think the people of America are getting sick and tired of the world and the region, Saudi Arabia and the other countries, saying, ‘Hey, we don’t have to do anything about it.’”

The White House has collected a number of European and Arab nations that have pledged support for President Obama’s plan to degrade and destroy the group through stepped-up air strikes in Iraq and Syria and the training of moderate Syrian rebels.

But Mr. Sanders said other countries believe “that the American taxpayers are going to do it and American soldiers ultimately will do it.”

“And as long as that signal is out there, that is what’s going to happen,” he said. “I want the Saudi Arabian government to be actively involved. I want their troops to be on the ground. I don’t want them to believe that we’re going to do it for them. So, yes, I think we have to play a very strong and supportive role with the U.K., with France, with Canada, with other countries. It cannot and should not be the United States alone.”

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