GOP Rep: Are We ‘Prepared To Kill A 10-Year-Old’ To Defeat ISIL?

February 10, 2015 1:58 p.m.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said on Tuesday that the U.S. military should look to the movie “American Sniper” in going after terrorist groups like the Islamic State, suggesting American policy is far too concerned with preventing child and civilian casualties.

“It’s like in ‘American Sniper,'” Gosar said in an interview with the Arizona Republic. “Are you prepared to kill a 10-year-old carrying an improvised explosive device?”

Gosar β€” whose district includes the hometown of a 26-year-old aid worker who was confirmed Tuesday to have recently died in Islamic State custody β€” argued that the U.S. rules of engagement are weighted too heavily toward protecting civilians.

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