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Boehner on ISIL Speech: ‘An Effective Speech Is Not The Same Thing As An Effective Strategy’

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) was critical of President Barack Obama‘s plan to deal with the growing presence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and in a statement, said he harbored serious concerns about the strategy Obama presented in Wednesday night’s speech to the nation.

“An effective speech is not the same thing as an effective strategy,” he said. “While the president presented a compelling case for action, many questions remain about the way in which the president intends to act.”

In the short term, Boehner asked whether Obama’s proposal to “train and equip” the Iraqi and opposition forces could be effectively done quickly, “at a time when ISIL’s momentum and territorial gains need to be immediately halted and reversed.”

On a grander scale, however, Boehner questioned whether the president was viewing the situation properly. “It is also a cause for concern that the president appears to view the effort against ISIL as an isolated counterterrorism campaign,” he wrote, “rather than as what it must be: an all-out effort to destroy an enemy that has declared a holy war against America and the principles for which we stand.”

He thanked Obama for finally “recant[ing] his earlier dismissals of ISIL’s capabilities,” and added that he looked forward to more Congressional briefings on the matter.

Here’s the statement in full below, via:

“The president tonight recanted his earlier dismissals of ISIL’s capabilities and rightly acknowledged the grave and growing threat posed by the spreading global epidemic of radicalized Islam. He has finally begun to make the case the nation has needed him to make for quite some time: that destroying this terrorist threat requires decisive action and must be the highest priority for the United States and other nations of the free world.

“An effective speech is not the same thing as an effective strategy, however. While the president presented a compelling case for action, many questions remain about the way in which the president intends to act. For example, I support the president’s plan to train and equip the Iraqi Security Forces and Syrian opposition, but I remain concerned that those measures could take years to fully implement at a time when ISIL’s momentum and territorial gains need to be immediately halted and reversed. It is also a cause for concern that the president appears to view the effort against ISIL as an isolated counterterrorism campaign, rather than as what it must be: an all-out effort to destroy an enemy that has declared a holy war against America and the principles for which we stand.

“The administration has made an effort in recent days to brief members of the House and Senate on the range of options the president is contemplating. Those briefings and consultations will continue as members review his proposals, and I hope we can continue a dialogue about how to most effectively confront and destroy this enemy. House Republicans will meet tomorrow morning to discuss next steps.”

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