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 GrahamHouse Judiciary chair threatens subpoena if DOJ doesn’t supply McCabe memos by Tuesday Rosenstein report gives GOP new ammo against DOJ Graham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump 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 hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ 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 CottonSprint/T-Mobile deal must not allow China to threaten US security GOP senators condemn 'vulgar' messages directed at Collins over Kavanaugh GOP turns its fire on Google 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."