Even though the Obama administration’s previous unconstitutional support for jihadists and rebels in Syria empowered the “Islamic State” to begin with, the president announced on September 10 that his strategy to deal with the ISIS threat would be to provide still more weapons and training to Islamists.
U.S. politicians are exploiting the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists to whip up war fever against ISIS, the “criminal gang” masquerading as an organization of devout Sunni Muslims that controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.
Outrage is still growing after a bipartisan coalition of U.S. lawmakers last month demanded an independent investigation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), a UN outfit, over its controversial activities in the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas, the officially designated terrorist group that rules Gaza.
President Obama wants Congress to have a "buy in" to the plan for combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant he will present to the nation in a prime-time address Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Monday.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on September 8 that the committee’s long-awaited report detailing the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation techniques that some critics have described as “torture” will not be released this week.