In a press conference Thursday, President Obama discussed the escalating tensions in the Middle East and identified ISIL as a root problem or “cancer.”
But what got more attention was a comment he made later in response to a question about obtaining Congressional approval for military action against the group. "[T]here’s no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done," he said.
Despite earlier discussion about U.S. diplomats visiting the region and meetings with the national security council, when it comes to military action President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. doesn’t have a strategy yet. As ISIL continues attacks in Syria and Iraq, the conflict has demanded increased action from other nations.
How should the U.S. and Europe handle military and diplomatic actions against ISIL? Is bombing Syria a viable option, or is the situation too complicated to address in that manner?
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