(NBC News) – The U.S. has wrapped up two wars, but is being pushed into two new conflicts this morning.
Under pressure from its allies, the Obama Administration is considering sending arms to Ukraine… and stepping up its game against ISIS.
21 American planes escorted Jordanian fighter jets into Syria… bombing ISIS targets…avenging the brutal killing of one of its pilots – burned alive by the terror group. “We see ISIL, a brutal, vicious death cult,” said President Barack Obama
The White House is expected to ask Congress next week to authorize military force against ISIS. “The goal here is to demonstrate clearly that there is strong bipartisan support,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
“This is not going to be an easy lift,” said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.
“It is going to be a challenge but we will have a solution to it,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) California.
Some lawmakers think ground troops are inevitable. “I think he has to prepare the American people that this is going to be a long fight,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, (R) Illinois.
It’s already been a long fight in Ukraine. Hundreds have died in recent weeks. Russian-backed rebels are winning.
Ukraine wants weapons… And Secretary of State John Kerry says the President is considering sending them. “We cannot close our eyes to tanks that are crossing the border from Russia and coming into Ukraine,” said Secretary of State John Kerry.
But there’s reluctance on Capitol Hill to get involved in another long war: “We should make it clear to the Ukrainians that while we support their commitment to defend themselves, they cannot expect us combat forces to come aide in the fight,” said Senator Jack Reed, (D) Rhode Island.
No boots on the ground for now.
Lawmakers here also want to speed up military assistance to Jordan that’s already in the pipeline.