The White House is preparing a strategy - military, political and diplomatic - against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders tomorrow and is expected to make a national address on Wednesday. Proposals for an offensive are said to include airstrikes and collaboration with other nations, and could take years to complete. Airstrikes to protect ethnic and religious minorities have begun already and will continue, and the campaign will add training for the Iraqi military, Kurdish fighters, and potentially some Sunni fighters.
In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, President Obama stressed the importance of defeating ISIS, saying, “We are going to systematically degrade their capabilities; we’re going to shrink the territory that they control; and, ultimately, we’re going to defeat them.” The White House has increased outreach to regional allies looking for ground support in military movement against ISIS.
What’s the best military approach for the U.S. and other nations against ISIS? What are the potential benefits and drawbacks to amplifying attacks?
Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Mokhtar Awad, research associate for the Center for American Progress National Security and International Policy team