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article imageOp-Ed: Nation to hear 'the plan' on Wednesday

By Karen Graham     Sep 7, 2014 in Politics
On Wednesday the nation will hear from our Commander-in-Chief on plans to deal with the threat of the self-proclaimed "Islamic State." Speaking on "Meet the Press" Sunday, Obama said he would first meet with Congress on Tuesday to discuss his plan.
Choosing September 10, one day before the anniversary of the 9/11 attack as the day to reveal his plan to go against the Islamic terrorist organization, the president comes across as playing up to the public's initial outrage over the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil.
In a taped interview on "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, the president said he would unveil his plan to overthrow the ISIS terrorist group in Syria and Iraq. “What I'm going to be asking the American people to understand is, number one, this is a serious threat,” Obama said. "Number two, we have the capacity to deal with it.”
The interview was taped on Saturday on Obama's return to the White House from his trip to Wales where he met with NATO allies. The ISIS threat was the major topic of discussion. The U.S. position on the growing threat from ISIS and the need for international cooperation was also discussed, because without this cooperation, Obama said we would not go after ISIS alone.
In further discussing his speech, which will not be on prime time, Obama further reiterated his "no boots on the ground" policy, saying it would be “a profound mistake.” This policy, which the president has spoken of numerous times over the past few weeks, still leaves many Americans worried. Critics point to the number of U.S. military troops already on the ground in Iraq, said to number over a thousand.
Without going into great detail on his plans, Obama said, 'We are going to be able to not just blunt the momentum of ISIL, we are going to systematically degrade their capabilities, we're gonna shrink the territory that they control, and ultimately, we're gonna defeat them." Obama said he would meet with lawmakers on Tuesday to go over his plans before talking to the nation on Wednesday.
The president has a tough row-to-hoe in convincing a war-weary public on the need to take-down ISIS. After dealing with a seemingly unending-war in Iraq, and a still ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, a large majority of Americans would just as soon as leave the Middle East to fight their own wars.
But this terrorist organization is unlike anything the world has seen in quite a long time, if ever. Remember when Obama referred to them as a JV team during a January interview with the New Yorker? Obama told NBC News his metaphor was not specifically referring to ISIS. But he said ISIS grew out of the Iraqi war, and "has metastasized."
That there will be an economic, political and military element to Obama's strategy is without question. While there may not appear to be any imminent threat to American soil from ISIS, there is the possibility of militants coming into the country legally, which has been discussed at length. We're talking about legal residents of the U.S. who have chosen to go take up the ISIS banner, but they can still come home.
Obama will have to make a good argument for any further U.S. involvement in dealing with ISIS. After making the remark last month that he did not have a plan to deal with ISIS in Syria, the comment took hold and has grown into what some are calling a "verbal gaffe" that had to be answered with some sort of an action plan. This gives the press at least two more days to second guess the president.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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