[Ed. – Think I’m kidding?]
Though the president has become a political liability for Democrats this election season, he hasn’t lost all of his allies in the Senate. In his first debate with Republican challenger Cory Gardner, Colorado senator Mark Udall stood behind Obama’s cautious approach.
In the course of an hour-long debate with Gardner in Grand Junction, Colo., Udall said that “ISIL does not present an imminent threat to this nation.” He cited his membership on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee to substantiate that assertion, and he even invoked the names of the American journalists murdered at the hands of the Islamic State in the course of his pleas for restraint.
“I can tell you,” Udall said, “Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, don’t be impulsive. Horrible and barbarous as those executions were, don’t be impulsive, come up with a plan to knock ISIL back.”
In an interview on Tuesday, Udall — who supports air strikes against the Islamic State — also argued that the militants are attempting to bait the U.S. into taking brash action and might even welcome a more aggressive U.S. effort. “We need to understand what they’re trying to do,” he told Colorado’s 9News, “which is to cause us to rush in, not think through what our strategy is.” …
[Senate race opponent] Cory Gardner issued a statement Monday afternoon slamming Udall’s statement.