Obama to Unveil ISIS Plan, Vows No Boots on Ground
President Barack Obama has finally decided what the United States should do to defeat the terrorists of the Islamic State (ISIS) army in the Middle East.
"We are going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL (ISIS), the same way that we have gone after al Qaeda," he said late last week.
But on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, the president said he still believes the Islamic State is not an immediate threat to the United States and he won't send U.S. combat troops back to Iraq.
"I want everybody to understand that we have not seen any immediate intelligence about threats to the homeland from ISIL. That's not what this is about," Obama explained.
The White House said the president will begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State terrorists in meetings Tuesday with congressional leaders and then in a speech on Wednesday, the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11.
Members of Congress seemed both relieved and critical that the president took so long to form a strategy.
"Well, I want to congratulate the president. He is now on the offense. It is overdue, but the president is now there," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chair of Senate Intelligence Committee, said.
"There's been some confusion coming out of the administration. This is the toughest talk that we have heard from the president," House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, however, was not as charitable toward the president's slowness in crafting the strategy.
"Well, I think the president is really out of touch with reality when it comes to what's happening in the world," Romney said. "He is so out of touch with reality that he hasn't taken the action necessary to prevent very bad things from happening."
Meanwhile in Cairo, the Arab League is recognizing the threat of the Islamic State, urging members to confront the group "militarily and politically."