Senior House Dem: 'You don’t just come in and bomb' without a plan

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Sunday said President Obama will hammer out a long-term plan for fighting Islamist militants operating in Syria.


“We want to do whatever we need to do to stop” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Rep. Dutch RuppersbergerCharles (Dutch) Albert RuppersbergerPolitical interference at the Justice Department puts our system of checks and balances in peril Hillicon Valley: Judge approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger | FTC to review past Big Tech deals | State officials ask for more cybersecurity help | House nears draft bill on self-driving cars Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to combat cyberattacks on state and local governments MORE (D-Md.) said on CNN's "State of the Union." “You don’t just come in and bomb” without a plan, he added.

His comments come days after Obama said the U.S. didn’t have a strategy yet for combating fighters with the group in Syria.

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers urge EU to sanction Putin associate for election interference Blagojevich calls himself a 'Trumpocrat,' praises Trump after release from prison Sanders slams Trump pardons as part of 'broken and racist criminal justice system' MORE (R-Ill.) said the key question confronting the administration is “are we going to contain ISIS or are we going to crush ISIS?”

Kinzinger said it was “unfortunate” Obama said the U.S. didn’t have a strategy because of the perception it sent to the terrorist group.

Ruppersberger, however, said it was extremely important the U.S. doesn’t “rush in.”

“if we’re going to go in, we’re not going to go in to drop some bombs,” Ruppersberger said. However, he hedged on if the U.S. would send troops or other military assets into Syria.

He added that the president shouldn't launch a campaign just because of media reports.

Ruppersberger predicted that U.S. allies, including some on the Middle East, would take some form of action against ISIS “this week.”