‘We don’t have a strategy yet': Obama stuns Washington by admitting he is clueless about tackling ISIS
President Barack Obama said during a Thursday press conference that his administration doesn’t have a plan worked out yet for defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria.
‘I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,’ Obama said at the White House. ‘We don’t have a strategy yet.’
‘We need to make sure we’ve got clear plans, and we’re developing them,’ he said. ‘At that point I will consult with Congress and make sure their voices are heard.’
‘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,’ Obama cautioned.
He mentioned four times his intention to seek advice from Capitol Hill before deploying more military assets in the Middle East, likely in response to concerns from members of the House and Senate that he was unconstitutionally freezing them out.
But ‘there’s no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress,’ Obama told the press corps, ‘before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done.’
The president, clad in a muted tan suit that drew as many comments on Twitter as the content of his remarks, emphasized that he is mainly focused now on pushing back ISIS in Iraq, where American military jets and drones have executed more than 100 airstrikes this month.
But he boasted that America could put down the ISIS threat in Syria – at least in the short-term – at a time of his choosing.