In an interview on Sunday, President Barack Obama said that he will be revealing his administration’s strategy to defeat ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, in an address to the nation this coming Wednesday.
On NBC’s Meet the Press today Obama gave a kind of prelude to the wider speech he plans to make later in the week regarding the U.S. strategy for dealing with the extremist Islamic threat in Syria and Iraq.
“We are going to be able to not just blunt the momentum of ISIL, we are going to systematically degrade their capabilities, we’re gonna shrink the territory that they control, and ultimately, we’re gonna defeat them.”
The Daily Mail reported today that the president said he would be meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday to give them the chance to weigh in on the plans he has formulated before announcing them the following day.
The Commander-in-Chief went on to say that he wasn’t intending to take America to war with ISIS, as such.
“I’m preparing the country to make sure that we deal with a threat from ISIS.This is not going to be an announcement on about U. S. ground troops,’ he promised. ‘This is not the equivalent of the Iraq war. The notion that the United States should be putting boots on the ground would be a profound mistake.”
According to Obama’s view from a Democratic perspective, the United States doesn’t have the resources to occupy countries in the Middle East.
“And at some point we leave, and then things blow up again. So we’ve got to have a more sustainable strategy. The boots on the ground have to be Iraqi. And in Syria, the boots on the ground have to be Syrian.”
Obama is more concerned that countries in the Middle East, such as Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, should be lending a helping hand in Iraq.
Many politicians and lawmakers think that it’s high time President Obama steps up and addresses the threat to democracy around the world posed by ISIS. He is perceived as being weak and sticking his head in the sand hoping the problem goes away.
What now remains to be seen is whether or not the “strategy” that the president has formulated is a good one, and one that will offer a long term solution to the threat faced by the west at the hands of militant Islam.