Palmetto Sunrise: Obama's action in Iraq sets off partisan debate among S.C. reps

This Aug. 9, 2014, photo shows President Barack Obama as he speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, about the ongoing situation in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

While the partisan back-and-forth in the wake of President Barack Obama's decision to use airstrikes to try to combat Islamic militant groups in Iraq have been plenty, some of South Carolina's representatives have led the charge while others have taken a more nuanced view.

As Obama hoped to stave off the mounting instability in Iraq by limited airstrikes, Republicans have used the opportunity to point to weaknesses in the president's foreign policy - including the repeated charge that Obama has been too reluctant to engage militarily.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, has sharply criticized President Obama's limited military response to ISIS, the central fundamental Islamist group that has made military gains and prompted the U.S. action.

"If he does not go on the offensive against ISIS, ISIL, whatever you guys want to call it, they are coming here," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday," according to the New York Times. "This is just not about Baghdad. This is just not about Syria. And if we do get attacked, then he will have committed a blunder for the ages."

Others have expressed different views. Rep. Mark Sanford said the president's action raises a broader issue about presidential power.

"Military involvement, I think, is much more complicated and it brings with it a whole host of unforeseen reactions in that part of the world," Sanford said. "I think that the issue is that we've fallen into the pattern of presidents ordering air strikes without the debate that the Founding Fathers intended. ... Congress is the only one that can authorize the use of force."

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