President Obama will lay out the strategy against the Islamic State militants, outlining evolving tactics when meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday. On Wednesday he is also scheduled to deliver a speech at the anniversary of the 9/11 attack.
According to lawmakers, specifics have to be highlighted. It is expected that US will target control and command centers and refineries that are controlled by Syrian insurgents.
Senator Marco Rubio believes that Barack Obama did not handle foreign policy properly. He is eager to hear what the president will say, although highlighting that the response is too late. He stated about what the president should do:
“First, clearly explain to the American people what our national security interests are in the region… For us, short term and long term and why they matter. “
Mike Rogers, House Intelligence Committee Chairman declared:
“Clearly, he’s put together a coalition of the willing – we have heard that before – to tackle this problem. That’s good.”
Obama was heavily criticized, mostly by Republicans, because he stated that there was no strategy set up in dealing with the Islamic State. The speech to the nation and the session with lawmakers are now an attempt to create that missing strategy.
President Obama declared:
“The next phase is now to start going on some offense. But this is not going to be an announcement about US ground troops. The operations will be similar to the kinds of counterterrorism campaigns.
I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that he’ll be able to deal with it.”