Open thread: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’
As you may be aware, President Obama delivered some remarks yesterday to address the growing threat of ISIS and how his administration intends to deal with the Islamic terrorist group. The portion of his remarks making headlines came when the President stated that, as of now, “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with ISIS.
Report from CNN:
It’s too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. “We don’t have a strategy yet.”
Obama said he’s asked America’s top defense officials to prepare “a range of options” about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he described as “a safe haven” for the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.
The President’s remarks follow days of speculation about whether the United States had a plan to go after ISIS in Syria.
“We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, that we’re developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard,” Obama said. “But there’s no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done.”
What should the course of action consist of? Should we engage ISIS in Iraq, Syria, or neither?