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. 
 
Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda Tax plans show Congress putting donors over voters MORE (R-S.C.), who is running for president, said the lack of a complete strategy to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also referred to as ISIL, "is commander-in-chief malpractice." 
 
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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 McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill 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 CottonTom CottonCotton: I hope we go back to health care next year Sunday shows preview: GOP gears up for Senate tax reform push A simple way to make America even greater is fixing our patent system 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."