WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama will address the nation Wednesday to explain “what our game plane is” in the fight against ISIS.
In an interview Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama expressed confidence that the United States, with help from regional partners, will be able to wipe out the terror organization.
“I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” the President told interviewer Chuck Todd.
The U.S. has launched another round of airstrikes in Iraq, targeting ISIS militants who are trying to take control of the second largest dam in Iraq.
“The next phase is now to start going on some offense,” President Obama said. “We have to get an Iraqi government in place, and I’m optimistic that next week we should be able to get that done.”
He said his speech won’t announce the involvement of U.S. ground troops. “We’re not looking at sending 100,000 American troops,” he vowed.
“I want to congratulate the President. He is now on offense,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union. It’s overdue, but the President is now there.”
But not everyone applauded. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and has criticized Obama for not acting quickly or strongly enough, said, “American foreign policy is in the hands of someone who does not know what he’s doing. I believe this president has committed a presidential malpractice in his foreign policy.”