Senate hawks slam Obama over ISIS
Senate Republicans slammed President Obama on Monday for saying his administration doesn't have a "complete strategy" to combat ISIS. 
 
 
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"The threat posed by ISIL is growing exponentially, and President Obama's lack of strategy is commander-in-chief malpractice," the South Carolina Republican said a statement. "It's long past time we upped our game to confront this dangerous and growing threat to the American homeland." 
 
Graham added that "radical islam, in its most vicious form, is gathering momentum. ...Today they are large, rich, and entrenched. We must make them small, poor, and on the run." 
 
Separately, Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRand Paul ‘concerned’ about Kavanaugh Senate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, took to the Senate floor to criticize Obama, saying "I'd like to see the incomplete strategy. I'd like to see something." 
 
The Arizona Republican added that U.S. troops aren't firing weapons on 75 percent of the combat missions they are currently flying in Syria. 
 
"When is this administration going to figure out that if you want to destroy the enemy, you've got to be able to identify the enemy that requires air controllers on the ground, and that means U.S. troops," he said. 
 
He acknowledged that "whenever I and some others say that we need additional U.S. troops, people recoil," but added that "what's going on now is ISIS is succeeding." 
 
Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites Hillicon Valley: Justice Department appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | New report on election security | FBI agent testifies in marathon hearing MORE (R-Ark.) added that Obama's comments "indicate an alarming attitude toward this threat to our national security." 
 
"A soldier learns one must always have a plan for battle, it's troubling that our Commander-in-Chief doesn't follow that same logic," Cotton, who is a veteran, said in a statement. "President Obama claims we aren't losing the fight against ISIS, but he won't say we're winning. I fear his incomplete strategy has only emboldened ISIS and put our national security at greater risk."
 
The comments from the three senators come after Obama told reporters that the administration doesn't "yet have a complete strategy" to combat the terrorist group. 
 
The National Republican Committee quickly slammed the president, comparing his comments on Monday to remarks made in August that "we don't have a strategy yet." 
 
The remarks come as Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs UK charts ahead of Trump visit MORE (D-Va.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ Overnight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Lawmakers demand answers from Mnuchin on tariffs | Fed chief lays out stakes of Trump trade war | Consumer prices rise at highest rate in six years | Feds to appeal AT&T merger ruling MORE (R-Ariz.) are trying to tie a war authorization proposal for the fight against ISIS to a State Department policy bill expected to be taken up this week in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.