Feinstein: Obama plan in Syria ‘won’t do it’

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms Trump pick labeled 'not qualified' by American Bar Association Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat MORE (D-Calif.) says President Obama’s plan to send 50 special operations troops to Syria to combat the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) is not enough.

“The special forces are limited, I think, to 50. That won’t do it,” she said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." “If we’re really going to use special operations, quick in, quick out, you have to do it in a much more comprehensive way to get at ISIL.”


The vice chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said the impending fight against ISIS is not a matter of if, but when.

“I have said before, and I really believe it, we will fight then now, or we will fight them later, it’s only a question of time,” Feinstein said.

She said the growing consensus in the intelligence community is air strikes alone won't be enough to defeat ISIS.

“This is a huge worldwide problem, and we’ve got to play a major role,” she added.

Feinstein also said there is a “strong probability” that a bomb planted by ISIS took down a Russian passenger plane last month in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

“I think there is a strong probability it was. I can’t say it’s dead-bang certain, but there’s a strong probability that it was,” she said.

She said she hoped the plane attack serves as a “wake-up call” for both Russia and the United States.