Intelligence chairmen: US has no strategy for ISIS

Intelligence chairmen: US has no strategy for ISIS

The respective chairmen of the Senate and House Intelligence committees said on Sunday that the U.S. has no strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenators chart path forward on election security bill Overnight Cybersecurity: Staff changes upend White House cyber team | Trump sends cyber war strategy to Congress | CIA pick to get hearing in May | Malware hits Facebook accounts Senators express concerns over Haspel's 'destruction of evidence' MORE (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, agreed during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the terrorist attacks on Paris resulted from the lack of a strategy to fight ISIS.

“We’ve got to have a strategy. We don’t have a strategy in Syria as it relates to ISIL,” Burr said, using an alternate acronym for the terror group. “The president talked the other morning about ISIL was contained. America learned within 24 hours that it’s not contained, it’s rampant.”

President Obama announced he would send 50 Special Forces troops to Syria to aid rebel groups in the region, but Nunes said such measures are inadequate to deal with the problem.

“Fifty Special Forces [troops], which we’ve just upped in the last two weeks, that’s not enough to make a big impact," he said.

“You can’t fight ISIS unless you are willing to put a strategy together that deals with the failure of Libya, the problems in the Sinai, Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan-Pakistan region,” he added.

Nunes also called for the U.S. to close its borders to migrants from Syria, saying there’s no way to distinguish terrorists from refugees seeking asylum.

“There’s no possible way to screen them. It should be stopped immediately,” he said.

“Bottom line, if you don’t want refugees, you have to go into Iraq and Syria and defeat ISIS.”