Obama on ISIS: “We don’t have a strategy yet”

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WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that that “we don’t have a strategy yet” when it comes to removing the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet,” the president said Thursday.

Mr. Obama is currently weighing whether to order airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, which many experts say is necessary in order to defeat the Islamic militant group that has taken over vast swaths of territory in the region.

Part of that discussion includes a debate over whether he is required to seek approval from Congress.

“We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans so we’re developing them. At that point I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard,” the president said.

For now, Mr. Obama says he remains chiefly concerned about making sure that the militant group does not overrun northern Iraq.

ISIS made significant territorial gains there before the U.S. began conducting airstrikes to stop the advance in an effort to protect U.S. personnel and assets and prevent a humanitarian disaster.

“In order for us to degrade [ISIS] over the long term we’re going to have to build a regional strategy,” the president said, which begins with the formation of a more inclusive Iraqi government that can strengthen the country’s security forces.

He acknowledged that will ultimately involve stabilizing Syria in the long run.

“Clearly [ISIS] has come to represent the very worst elements in the region that we have to deal with collectively and that’s going to be a long term project,” the president said.

He said he has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to travel to the region to help coordinate the response among other countries.

In Ukraine, tensions are running high after officials from both the government and NATO reported that at least 1,000 Russian troops have poured into the eastern part of the country, which has been destabilized in recent months but pro-Russian separatists.


  • Rusty Shackleford

    He’s waiting until he has a chance to warplan in a place that somewhat resembles that part of the world, namely that golf course in Northern VA with all the sand traps!

  • Evette

    Why dont you losers quit audtioning for Deliverance….the Sequel,
    and run for political office.
    You still have time to get your teeth fixed.

  • What tha?

    He’s doing the right thing. The last guy, who had no plan whatsoever and just marched right into war with Iraq (*cough* Bush), is the one who created ISIS. He was hell bent on getting rid of Saddam Hussein, not knowing that removing him would destabilize that whole region. Saddam HATED Al-Qaeda. Sometimes you have to keep certain people in place that you don’t like to keep something much worse from coming along. Which do you think Israel would rater have to worry about, Soffam or ISIS? Some of you ignoramuses just need to shut up and let the man do his job. He got this.

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