U.S. Senator Mark Pryor expressed his concern about the situation in Iraq.
"I commend the troops who at great risk to themselves delivered critical food and water to religious minorities trapped on Mount Sinjar. But like many Arkansans, I have serious reservations about the potential for escalating U.S. military involvement in Iraq. U.S. air strikes provide short-term relief, but the long-term solution to Iraq must come from the Iraqi government and people, not the U.S. military," said Pryor.
Representative Tom Cotton, who served in Iraq also weighed in on the airstrikes.
"We must protect our American personnel and do what we can to stop religious genocide, but it is President Obama's lack of leadership or strategy that has enabled Al-Qaida to regain so much influence across the Middle East. President Obama must articulate a strategy to defeat ISIS and protect American interests," said Cotton.