U.S. ISIS Policy
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the United Kingdom raising it's terrorist threat level today, many in this country are wondering what the next steps are for this country in dealing with the Islamic State, or ISIS. There are a lot of questions after President Obama admitted the U.S. doesn't have a plan for dealing with the new terrorist threat from ISIS.They're words you don't often hear from a leader, let alone the president of the United States
"I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet," said President Obama.No strategy to deal with Isis in Syria - the group who's mission it is to create an islamic caliphate, which seems to be well-financed, trained and was responsible for executing American journalist, James Foley. The President's statement Thursday left many in Washington perplexed."To have a press conference to say we don't have a strategy was really shocking, given the severity of the threat. That's what's so concerning to me," said Rep. Mike Rogers, (R) Michigan. Another concern here in Washington, that when a plan is developed, that Congress won't agree on it, or that the White House won't stick by it, as we saw with President Obama's so called red line in Syria that eventually disappeared.
"There are fears here and fears around the region that as he stepped back in previous times he might also step back from doing something in Syria. I think that would be a grave mistake," said Paul Salem, V.P. for Policy and Research for the Middle East Institute.The Middle East Institute's Paul Salem says expecting an immediate plan of action is unrealistic, that the strategy used in Iraq was successful because the U.S. was able to coordinate with land forces of both the Kurdish Peshmerga and the National Army from Baghdad.
"They don't have yet an equivalent for Syria mainly because it's not clear who the land allies in Syria would be," said Salem.He says after years of lending little support to the Free Syrian Army, the President may change that course in whatever strategy is being considered. The White House for its part, defended the President's comments."The Pentagon is still developing that plan and the President is still reviewing and it would be putting the cart before the horse to talk about what sort of Congressional authorization would be required for a plan that hasn't even been put in place yet," said White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest. The question now, if and when a plan will be introduced.