Georgia’s Seventh District Congressman Rob Woodall told members of the South Gwinnett Rotary Club that the threat posed by the Islamic extremest group ISIS is a serious threat that must be dealt with. According to a story in the Gwinnett Daily Post, Woodall said the current plan outlined by President Obama and funded by Congress in the continuing resolution won’t be enough to stop the terrorist group.
“I can’t find anybody at the Pentagon who believes that plan is going to work,” Woodall said. “What they believe is that it is the best of all the worse plans we have.”
Two years ago, Woodall said, the U.S. might have been able to do some “good things” to handle the threat ISIS presents. A year ago, he added, the actions might have been “passable.”
“They were once a small band of guys on the highway,” he said. “We could have ended that with a cruise missile.”
That, however, is no longer the case.
Citing ISIS’s access to funding and organization, Woodall called the group “frightening.”
Woodall believes that expanding the U.S. effort in the Middle East will require buy-in by the American people if it is to be successful.
What will it take to achieve that buy-in? Much like President Bosh spent time building support for with war in Iraq, President Obama will need to show some leadership to press the case to the American people that ISIS must be dealt with. That can be a difficult discussion to have, especially 40 days before a midterm election where the president needs every Democratic vote he can get in order to prevent his party from losing ground.
Of course, the other way to achieve buy-in would be an attack on American soil. Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that point.