Buchanan demands clear strategy on defeating ISIS

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) called for President Obama to provide the nation with a clear and far-reaching plan to combat the growing threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Tuesday as the territory and influence of the terrorist group continues to increase.

The statement is timely as it comes just a few days ahead of Obama’s expected request to Congress for Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS.

“Now is the time for the president to articulate an overarching strategy to defeat ISIS and explain how he intends to build a greater international effort that does not rely on American combat troops,” Buchanan explained. “The leadership vacuum in the White House must be replaced by a clear and coherent vision.”

Reports are indicating that ISIS has nearly doubled the land it controls in the nation of Syria, even since airstrikes against them began several months ago.

“With affiliates in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, the group is beginning to assemble a growing international footprint that includes ungoverned and under governed areas,” Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, warned while testifying before the House Armed Services Committee.

Other relevant officials and experts on international relations have mirrored these concerns, including Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA; National Security Adviser Susan Rice; and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

 “I feel like when we say ‘ready, break,’ every player on the team is going off into other stadiums, playing different sports,”  Flynn said recently while about the current strategy against ISIS on Fox News Sunday.

A just-released United Nations report indicates that ISIS is ramping up its brutality, citing “several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive.”

Buchanan stressed the need for an international effort heavy on nations in the Middle East providing ground forces necessary to defeat the extremist organization.

“That coalition should include other Arab nations that have much to lose if ISIS continues its murderous rampage in pursuit of an Islamic caliphate,” Buchanan said.