“We need to be aggressive now, because ISIL is a quasi-state.”
California senator Dianne Feinstein has been one of the few Democrats willing to voice concern over the Obama administration’s handling of ISIS.
Yesterday on Face the Nation, she continued to express doubt.
David Rutz of the Washington Free Beacon:
Feinstein: Obama Approach to Islamic State Not ‘Sufficient to the Job’
Face The Nation host John Dickerson asked whether her earlier concerns about the administration’s strategy had been alleviated by a briefing from Secretary of State John Kerry.
“No, I don’t think the approach is sufficient to the job,“ Feinstein said on Face The Nation. “I think their general principles and their general principles in terms of the administration’s strategy, too, but I’m concerned that we don’t have the time, and we don’t have years. We need to be aggressive now, because ISIL is a quasi-state.”
Dickerson asked her whether she felt the Obama White House had been too cautious or lacked urgency in addressing the problem.
“What I’m saying is this has gone on too long now,” she said. “It has not gotten better. It’s gotten worse.”
Feinstein advocated for a larger special operations plan than the group of 50 Obama deployed, saying that number would not solve the problem.
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Feinstein made headlines last week for saying something similar.
Eliza Collins reported at Politico:
Feinstein breaks with Obama: ‘ISIL is not contained’
Sen. Dianne Feinstein sharply contradicted President Barack Obama on Monday, disagreeing with his claim that the Islamic State is “contained.”
“I’ve never been more concerned,” the California Democrat and Intelligence Committee ranking member told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Monday. “I read the intelligence faithfully. ISIL is not contained. ISIL is expanding.”
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“They just put out a video saying it is their intent to attack this country. I think we have to be prepared,” she continued. On Monday, ISIL warned it could attack Washington if the U.S. participated in France’s response to the events in Paris.
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