In the wake of Islamic State group overtaking forces in the Iraqi town of Ramadi, Senate Republicans are calling on President Barack Obama to develop a better strategy to defeat the terrorist organization.
Potential presidential candidate and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was one of the first vocal opponents of the president’s current plans in defeating Islamic State group, sometimes called ISIS or ISIL.
“If you don’t change your strategy … then this country is very likely to get attacked in another 9/11 fashion,” the senator said.
One senator who knows about conducting a presidential campaign also criticized the president’s methods of defeating the terrorists overtaking Iraq.
“Ramadi should lead our nation’s leaders to reconsider an indecisive and a total lack of strategy that has done little to roll back (Islamic State group),” Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona commented.
Since the news on the fall of Ramadi was made public earlier this week, the president has changed some of his strategy, including speeding up training for Sunni soldiers, The Hill reported. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that there is “no formal strategy review that is underway,” despite the massive gains Islamic State group has made just this month.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas also commented on the matter: “I hope this is a wake-up call to the Obama administration and that they will provide the Congress and the American people and our troops a clear path forward to defeat (Islamic State group) and to rid the world of this terror army."
The three senators criticized the president for speaking about climate change on May 20, rather than addressing the Islamic State group issue.
Since last year, Islamic State group has been responsible for violent and public killings, including mass beheadings of Americans, Jews and Jordanians. In one case, the terror group locked Jordanian Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, 26, in a cage and set him on fire, reported Fox News. Many of these killings have been filmed and made public by the group, further increasing its notoriety.
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