National Defense Authorization Act for FY16, signed last fall by President Barack Obama, requires the Secretary of State and Defense Secretary to turn over a real strategy for the Middle East and countering violent extremism no later than Feb. 15, 2016.
It requires the Administration to lay out a number of elements needed to defeat terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda, including a description of the role the U.S. military will play in such a strategy, a description of the coalition needed to carry out the strategy, and an assessment of efforts to disrupt foreign fighters traveling to Syria and Iraq.
The White House has failed to comply. Reacting to the the Administration’s failure to submit the strategy, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement: “Unsurprisingly the Administration cannot articulate a strategy for countering violent extremists in the Middle East. Time and again, the President has told us his strategy to defeat extremist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda is well underway; yet, months after the legal requirement was established, his Administration cannot deliver that strategy to Congress.”
“I fear the President’s failure to deliver this report says far more about the state of his strategy to defeat terrorists than any empty reassurance he may offer from the podium,” Thornberry added.
The Armed Services Committee said that it is shaping the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2017 fiscal year and the Defense Department is already requesting the authorities our troops need to defeat this enemy.
“Without a strategy, this amounts to leaving our troops in the wilderness with a compass, but no map. Failing to comply with the report deadline represents more than a failure of strategic vision for the White House. It is a lost opportunity for the Administration and Congress to work together on a common approach to face this threat,” the Texas Congressman said.
However, former intelligence operative and police officer Jeffrey Laughton believes that Obama and the majority of Democrats are just not very interested in national security issues. “Obama is part and parcel of today’s Democratic Party establishment that includes the person they hope will succeed him — Hillary Clinton. If you listen to her and her supporters you will never hear her discuss the Middle East, Islamic terrorist groups and the growth of ISIS during her time as Secretary of State,” Laughton said.
“The Democrats are obsessed with their domestic agenda — to turn the United States into a socialist state. Part of that is the deterioration of the U.S. military and law enforcement,” Laughton added.
Others who are involved in countering Islamic terrorism and other threats to the United States also believe the Obama administration has reached the level of timidity that’s endangering the American people, For example, according to several military and law enforcement officers and commanders, just recently the Obama Administration and the Kerry State Department went as far as handing over Alaska’s Wrangell Island, Bennett Island, Jeannette Island, Henrietta Island, Copper Island, Sea Lion Rock, and Sea Otter Rock to the Russians. They are taking such actions despite the fact that historical documents and settled maritime law all prove that these lands are American and the State Department has decided to just hand them over to the corrupt Russian bosses.