After being called out for having no clear-cut strategy to deal with ISIS, President Obama says the US has a “game plan” and will announce details later this week.
The president told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the United States will be going on the offensive; however, he vows that in no way will this be “the equivalent of the Iraq war.” Instead of putting thousands of boots on the ground, he says this latest initiative will be much like counter-terrorism efforts used over the past few years.
Rather than a heavy focus on U.S. troops, our nation will be part of an international coalition. American air strikes would continue, but would be done in support of Iraqi and Kurdish troops on the ground. In addition, a “core coalition” of 10 countries will aid the fight against ISIS, according to an announcement at last week’s NATO summit in Wales. The idea is to get other nations involved while also building a regional alliance to halt the spread of ISIS.
As far as ISIS coming to the U.S., the president suggested there was no immanent danger. However, with the assassination of two American journalists, it could prompt ISIS sympathizers in western nations to travel to our country “unimpeded,” posing a threat. Regardless of whether they reach American soil or not, the president said, “I will reserve the right to always protect the American people and go after folks who are trying to hurt us wherever they are.”
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