Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said ISIS poses a real threat and chides President Obama as being “too cautious” in his response to the militant group. Feinstein was interviewed by Andrea Mitchell for Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”
She also said ISIS wasn’t akin to a JV (junior varsity) team as the president had suggested, but a major varsity team.
Feinstein’s criticism comes as Secretary of State John Kerry penned an op-ed in the New York Times saying that a global coalition was needed to wipe out ISIS and the threat it poses.
With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries. The world can confront this scourge, and ultimately defeat it. ISIS is odious, but not omnipotent. We have proof already in northern Iraq, where United States airstrikes have shifted the momentum of the fight, providing space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to go on the offensive. With our support, Iraqi leaders are coming together to form a new, inclusive government that is essential to isolating ISIS and securing the support of all of Iraq’s communities.
Airstrikes alone won’t defeat this enemy. A much fuller response is demanded from the world. We need to support Iraqi forces and the moderate Syrian opposition, who are facing ISIS on the front lines. We need to disrupt and degrade ISIS’ capabilities and counter its extremist message in the media. And we need to strengthen our own defenses and cooperation in protecting our people.