On Thursday President Obama held a major press conference to deal with the subjects of Russian aggression and the response to ISIS threats on America.
President Obama gave first “dibs” to NBC’s Chuck Todd, who will soon be helming the NBC flagship program Meet the Press; the President took the opportunity to congratulate him on his recent promotion.
Todd asked a multipart question and a follow up:
Let me start with Syria, the decision that you have to make between — first of all, is it a if or when situation about going after ISIL in Syria? Can you defeat ISIL or ISIS without going after them in Syria?
And then how do you prioritize? You’ve said that Assad has lost legitimacy to lead. Defeating ISIS could help Assad keep power. Talk about how you prioritize those two pieces of your foreign policy?
The follow up:
Do you need Congress’s approval to go into Syria?
The entire answer is worth reviewing, but I won’t to focus in on what has become the most controversial and terrifying portion of the President’s response. It came as he answered Todd’s follow up question.
Here is what President Obama said in response to Todd’s question on Congressional approval in Syria.
You know, I have consulted with Congress throughout this process. I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authorities to engage in the acts that we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think that it’ll be important for Congress to weigh in and we’re — that our consultations with Congress continue to develop so that the American people are part of the debate.
But I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet. I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are. And I think that’s not just my assessment, but the assessment of our military, as well. We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, that we’re developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard.
But there’s no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done.
This admission from the White House is horrifying. How can there possibly be no strategy for dealing with ISIS yet?
Here is Fox News’ Ed Henry to explain just how big of a deal the President’s admission really is.
We have reason to be worried, folks. Earlier yesterday a man was arrested waving an ISIS flag in Chicago after making bomb threats, and we’ve already documented the other ISIS threats that have recently been uttered against our nation. ISIS is preparing and we better be too. I hope that the Obama administration can get their act together soon and put a strategy in place… otherwise we are in big trouble.
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