Democratic lawmakers are beginning to describe the Obama administration strategy for fighting the Islamic State, a plan Republicans say is nonexistent.
As Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday vowed to fight the violent Sunni group “to the gates of hell,” and President Barack Obama told the organization “we will not be intimidated,” senior GOP lawmakers continued to ask for the president’s plan of action.
“What about the president? He is the one that is the CEO of … our country. He is the leader, the commander in chief,” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday on Fox Business Network.
“Sen. Nelson, I think, is expressing the frustration of some Democrats, is that we haven’t seen the plan yet,” said McConnell, referring to a coming bill from Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson that would authorize US strikes against the Islamic State inside Syria.
“But look, we go back in session next week,” the GOP leader said. “The president, A) ought to address the American people, and B) ought to lay out a plan to deal with this strategy, a strategy to deal with this group that’s already killing Americans and has the capability and the intent to kill us here.”
Obama gave his Republican critics new ammunition last week when he stunned the world by saying during a press briefing “we do not have a strategy” for combating the Islamic State.