Hatch to Obama: Here’s How to Defeat ISIS

In a letter, ten GOP senators, including Orrin Hatch, offer several suggestions to a flailing Pres. Obama for stepping up the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 

Reports The Hill:

In a letter to President Obama sent on Tuesday, the Republicans suggested embedding U.S. military advisers with Iraqi, Kurdish and Sunni tribal forces, reviewing the process for approving airstrikes and creating safe zones for Syrian refugees.

“In the wake of the recent wave of devastating terrorist attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Paris, Beirut and the Russian airliner flying over Egypt, as well as last week’s attack in San Bernardino that appears to have been inspired by ISIS, we write today to both express support for your stated objective to ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ ISIS and to urge you to employ more effective means to accomplish that worthy goal,” the senators wrote.

The Republicans made the proposals two days after Obama delivered an Oval Office address about what steps he is already taking to fight ISIS. Obama’s Republican critics panned the speech as offering nothing new. 

The letter was signed by Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), David Perdue (Ga.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kan), Mike Rounds (S.D.), John Thune (S.D.), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and David Vitter (La.).