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February 12, 2016

Armed Services Chairman Calls for Strategy to Combat ISIS

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 24: Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, delivers an address during a luncheon at the National Press Club on President Obama's plans to draw down troops in Afghanistan. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is calling for the president to consult Congress on the U.S. response to jihadists in Iraq and Syria. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

More House lawmakers are warning President Barack Obama he needs to articulate a broader anti-terrorism strategy — and consult with Congress on that plan — before ramping up military action against anti-U.S. jihadists in northern Iraq and Syria.

Armed Services Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif. is the most recent member to release such a statement after the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria executed American photojournalist James Foley last week.

“I challenge the President to engage Congress,” McKeon said in his statement Wednesday. “I’m willing to work with him.”

McKeon added, however, that while a plan to address ISIS’s growing power “may well require additional authorities from Congress … speculation about that before the President has even offered a strategy is putting the cart before the horse.”

Barack Obama, McKeon continued, “need[s] … to explain to the American people what is at stake, what our objectives are, and the strategy for how to achieve them. Only after we understand all this can we contemplate what new authorities might be needed.”

McKeon’s suggestion that Obama has not yet articulated his long-term vision for combatting ISIS echoes criticism from other senior House Republicans, namely Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, who back in June accused Obama of “taking a nap” on Iraq.

Some House Democrats are also calling for Congress to be actively involved in decision-making when it comes to ISIS. Yesterday, Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn., released a statement asking that the chamber reconvene before the official end of the five-week August recess to deal with the matter at hand.

Here is McKeon’s full statement:

“ISIS is a clear and present threat to our allies across the Middle East and to the United States. There is no negotiating with ISIS or deterring it. It must be defeated and destroyed. Doing so demands a comprehensive strategy combining diplomatic, political, and military efforts, and the contributions from a broad coalition of countries. Such a strategy will require time, commitment, and leadership that America is uniquely suited to provide.

This comprehensive approach may well require additional authorities from Congress, but speculation about that before the President has even offered a strategy is putting the cart before the horse. We need the President to explain to the American people what is at stake, what our objectives are, and the strategy for how to achieve them. Only after we understand all this can we contemplate what new authorities might be needed.

I challenge the President to engage Congress. I’m willing to work with him, and I would offer a few factors for him to keep in mind. First, ISIS is an urgent threat and a minimalist approach, that depends solely on FY15 funding or pinprick strikes that leave fragile forces in Iraq and Syria to do the hard fighting, is insufficient to protect our interests and guarantee our safety in time. Second, good strategies keep options on the table and keep an adversary guessing, instead of telegraphing what we won’t do. No leader ever won a conflict by first declaring what steps he was unwilling to take – or, for that matter, leaking details about steps he actually is taking. Third, the ISIS threat was allowed to build and fester over a period of time. They are not likely to be decisively defeated quickly, but will have to be faced by this President and his successors. Therefore, strategy and decisions made by the President now should preserve future options, not foreclose them. Finally, this enemy must be defeated, but if we are not going to adequately resource our effort, we will only make a very complex security situation worse.”

  • korvu

    The strategy is to let the locals deal with most of it and provide an occasional bombing run to knock out equipment the Iraqi army left behind.

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  • WeenieHolder

    Does anyone truly expect someone who’s intent on fostering radical Islam to develop a plan to fight it? Before congress authorizes more funds, arms and troops for his mis-use, they might first want to take at the Islamists who are directly influencing his ham-handed foreign policy.

    1. Radical Muslim Brotherhood operatives work in Obama’s White House, and directly influence foreign and domestic policy, and have access to vital national security intelligence. This includes, but isn’t limited to:

    Arif Alikhan – Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    Mohammed Elibiary – Homeland Security Adviser.

    Rashad Hussain – Special Envoy to the (OIC) Organization of the Islamic Conference.

    Salam al-Marayati – Obama Adviser, founder of Muslim Public Affairs Council and its current executive director.

    Imam Mohamed Magid – Obama’s Sharia Czar, Islamic Society of North America.

    Eboo Patel – Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

    2. Obama’s closest advisor and friend, Valerie Jarrett, has long-standing ties to Islamic radicals, the Muslim Brotherhood, shady Iranian power-brokers, and sworn enemies to the nation of Israel and America. Jarrett was named “Iranian of the Day” by the pro-Iran website Iranian(dot)com, and she was the key player in backdoor US diplomatic relations with Iran, which failed to end their program to enrich bomb-grade plutonium.

    3. When Hillary Clinton was Sec. of State, the Obama Administration reportedly leaked important national security information through Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, longtime aide, and “special friend.” Abedin is the wife of disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, and she has deep personal and family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Hillary Clinton’s failure to understand the danger of radical Islam led to the killing of four Americans at the consulate in Benghazi.

    4. Radical Islamists operate 35 training facilities INSIDE the United States with impunity. Democrats and left-wing special interest groups like the ACLU have defended these training camps for terrorists, arguing they have a constitutional right to exist. Afraid to offend the sensitivities of the Muslim community, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security has failed to take action against these known camps, at the expense of the nation’s security.

    5. Islamic terrorists are moving across the southern border with Mexico completely unhindered. The White House is aware of this, and is taking NO action to prevent it. What looks like incompetence or indifference to many is, in reality, willful collaboration.

    6. The Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a front group for radical Islamists and serves as the main PR mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood in the US. While mountains of evidence tying CAIR to dangerous extremists intent on harming the US, the Obama administration and mainstream media continue to let this dangerous group disseminate their anti-Semetic, anti-American hatred with impunity.

    7. Through the dramatic rise in college enrollment by Muslims at American universities and increased (often coerced) hiring of Muslim professors, the Muslim Brotherhood has established a strong presence on college campuses. They establish pro-Islamic/anti-US/anti-Israel student front groups, influence curriculum sympathetic to radical Islam and sharia law, organize and bankroll protests and demonstrations, influence university and public policy, indoctrinate, and recruit new members. The Muslim Brotherhood has also gained influence in public middle schools and high schools, as well as charter schools. A common tactic used to “take over” a school includes targeting specific faculty members for dismissal by spreading inflammatory false information to turn public opinion against them, then replacing those members with new ones sympathetic to sharia law and Islamic superiority.

    Do your own research. To learn more about the Islamic extremists’ influence on Washington, I suggest reading “Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from Office” by New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott, “The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration” by Frank Gaffney, or “The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America” by Andrew C. McCarthy.

    “I will stand with Islam when the political winds shift in an ugly direction”
    -Barack Hussein Obama

  • Jack Reacher

    Today’s liberalism isn’t that much different than its marxist, socialist, and communist ancestors.

  • Will Hunting

    Here we find even more evidence of Obama’s vicious war against freedom of the press:

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