Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) says that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not a direct threat to U.S. security and is questioning President Obama’s strategy against the terror group.
“I don’t see where that’s a threat to our national security,” Rangel said Thursday on MSNBC, when asked about the group’s advance on the Kurdish town of Kobani in Syria and attacks in Baghdad’s Green Zone.
“No, I don’t see it as a threat to our national — there is a cancer in this part of the world, and it is true that America and probably Europe has no idea the depth of feeling and discord in this area for religious reasons,” he added.
Rangel said he didn’t see a clear solution for dealing with ISIS.
“Notwithstanding that, it appears as though there could be overall a threat — not directly to us — but for us to be involved in a military way, I don’t see how in the heck that’s going to solved,” he said.