In what appears to be some good news after Obama’s lackluster address to the nation last night, the Pentagon confirmed today that United States airstrikes last month killed Abu Nabil, the leader of the Islamic State in Libya.
The Pentagon also confirmed the death of Abdiraham Sandhere, a senior leader of al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said of the two deaths,
“This is an important step forward in the fight against al-Shabaab, and the United States will continue to use the tools at our disposal—financial, diplomatic, intelligence and military –to dismantle al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups who threaten United States interests and persons.”
While this is encouraging, it is important to note that we need more of a strategy than just airstrikes when it comes to combating ISIS and we also need a president willing to use military force, something that a majority of Americans support. The same day that it was reported Abu Nabil had possibly been killed in an airstrike the Paris terrorist attacks happened. Clearly, ISIS is still able to operate and run its well-oiled operation without its highest commanding leaders.
We need a tough and comprehensive military strategy in order to destroy ISIS, it is not enough to just conduct airstrikes and continue with the plan put in place by Obama. Americans have little to no confidence in our ability to combat ISIS, about two-thirds of the American people disapprove of his handling of ISIS according to new a CNN/ORC poll.
Despite the fact that Americans want to see significant military action carried out against ISIS, last night Obama made it clear that we would not be changing or even re-evaluating our strategy to combat radical Islamic terrorism, in fact he believes our current strategy is the right one to overcome the threat of terrorism. While it is very obvious that ISIS and radical Islamists are waging a war against America and the ideals we represent it isn’t very clear what our strategy is to eradicate them and the threat of terrorism here at home in the United States.