United States Senator Ben Sasse worries about recent gains made by the Islamic State and about the United States’ response.
Sasse says recent events are discouraging.
“The fall of Ramadi and the Anbar province is a really bad sign and Ash Carter, President Obama’s Secretary of Defense, went on the TV talk shows on Sunday morning and said the problem is a lack of the Iraqi will to fight,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Sasse says it appears the Iraqi Army turned and ran, even though it outnumbered Islamic State troops.
Sasse says America’s Middle Eastern allies are waiting on the U-S to outline a strategy to respond.
Sasse says the United States simply hasn’t adjusted as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has taken one main city in Syria after another.
“We know they are trying to establish a long-term base of operation in Syria and in Iraq and it’s not clear to the countries in the Middle East that should be our allies, it’s not clear the U.S. has a long-term strategy,” according to Sasse.
Sasse says it’s evident the current strategy isn’t working, because the Islamic State has been gaining significant ground in Syria.
“We need a long-term strategy and we need this administration to worry less about how they’re going to spin what their legacy ambitions are and more about the fact that the people of Nebraska want to know how we’re going to win the long-term fight against those that would plot jihadist attacks across the world,” Sasse says. “And right now, ISIS is establishing clarity in their region that they have a long-term plan and people don’t think we have a long-term plan.”