Hamilton, Coats: U.S. Needs Clearer Strategy for Confronting ISIS Threat
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana) (WIBC,com photo)
The rise of the radical Islamist group ISIS in Iraq is sparking calls for a clearer strategy to keep the violence from reaching U.S. shores.
Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, says with so many extremist groups in the Middle East, it's understandable intelligence agencies didn't see ISIS coming. But he said on CNN the U.S. now needs to make up its mind what to do about it. He says American policy so far has been unfocused, and warns the death of an American who was fighting for ISIS in Syria points up the risk of ISIS-trained jihadists returning home to the U-S to plot acts of terrorism.
Indiana Senator Dan Coats appeared with Hamilton, and suggests the U.S. should look closely at following other countries' lead in limiting the visa waivers that typically allow U.S. citizens to reenter the U.S. from overseas travel without extra screening. And he echoes Hamilton in saying the White House needs to come to Congress with a clear plan.