President Barack Obama on Thursday said, perhaps unartfully, that his
administration is still developing policies to roll back the Sunni extremist
group Islamic State.
“We don’t have a strategy yet,” Mr. Obama said.
Mr. Obama went on to explain that the public shouldn’t conclude that he has
set on a particular course, such as taking imminent military action. “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 . .
. . We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, so we’re developing
them,’’ he said.
Mr. Obama was set to meet with his national security team later Thursday to
explore military and political options to confront Islamic State, also known
as ISIL and as ISIS, which has conquered swathes of territory in Syria and
But the president walked back reports suggesting a near-term military
escalation in the region. He said he is focused on protecting Americans,
offering humanitarian assistance and supporting Iraq’s leaders as they look
to build a new government.
In response to a question on when he would consult with Congress on further
action in the region, Mr. Obama said he plans to develop “a broader
regional strategy, with an international coalition and partners, to
systematically degrade ISIL’s capacity to engage in the terrible violence
and disruptions that they’ve been engaging in.”
At that point, it would make more sense to consult with lawmakers, he said.
“Then, those consultations with Congress for something that is longer-term
I think become more relevant,” he said.
The reaction to Mr. Obama’s “no strategy” comment was swift and merciless
. Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.) via his Twitter account said, “President says ‘
we don’t have a strategy yet’ to deal with #ISIS. That’s obvious and
The White House quickly tried to clarify the comment, insisting it referred
only to the military component of U.S. planning and emphasizing the
president’s remarks on broader goals, including support for Iraq forming a
new, more inclusive government and the inclusion of regional partners in
efforts to confront Islamic State.
“In his remarks today, POTUS was explicit–as he has been in the past–
about the comprehensive strategy we’ll use to confront ISIL threat,” White
House spokesman Josh Earnest said via Twitter. Mr. Earnest also appeared
on CNN to discuss Mr. Obama’s remarks.
The “we don’t have a strategy yet” statement garnered a lot of reaction
and criticism on social media, including from Senator John McCain. Here are
“We don’t have a strategy yet” -President Obama, 8/28/14. #ISIS is
largest, richest terrorist group in history & 192,000 dead in #Syria
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 28, 2014
2 key quotes from POTUS presser: 1. “We don’t have a strategy yet.” 2
. “We are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem.”
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) August 28, 2014
“We don’t have a strategy yet” is another reminder of how moments of
political candor are shocking in this city.
— Matt Apuzzo (@mattapuzzo) August 28, 2014
“We don’t have a strategy yet” seems like a damning admission by the
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) August 28, 2014
Did Obama really just say that we don’t have a strategy yet? Anyone
else find that terrifying? #ISIS
— AnnekeE.Green (@AnnekeEGreen) August 28, 2014
3yes, we can.... have no strategy at all all the time
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