President Obama has been “too cautious” in his response to the threat of the Islamic State terror group, Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein suggested Sunday morning.
Feinstein made the comment when asked whether Obama’s announcement that he doesn’t have a strategy for the terrorists in Iraq and Syria projected weakness.
“I’ve learned one thing about this president and that is he’s very cautious — maybe, in this instance, too cautious,” Feinstein told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Meet the Press. “I do know that the military, I know that the State Department, I know that others have been putting plans together. And so, hopefully, those plans will coalesce into a strategy that can encourage that coalition. . . . There is good reason for people to come together now and begin to approach this as the very real threat that it, in fact, is.”
Feinstein’s comment about Obama’s caution comes on the heels of reports that an attempt to rescue American photojournalist James Foley, whom the Islamic State eventually beheaded, failed because the president hesitated to approve the mission.
“Senior Pentagon official just confirmed to me that ‘hesitation’ by President Obama delayed July 4th #Foley hostage rescue mission,” Toby Harnden tweeted Friday. “Not known if launched earlier Foley cld’ve been saved. But top Pentagon officials think maybe,” he added.