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April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016 | News Releases on

Heritage Responds to Troop Level Increase

As President Barack Obama announced an increase of 250 special operators to fight ISIS, Luke Coffey, director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy, warns that it should not be mistaken as the solution to the ISIS problem: 

"The first question we need to ask is whether this is enough to make a difference on the ground. This is part of the incremental process that the administration has pursued on big issues like defeating Islamic State. Until we have a grand strategy in place and the proper amount of resources on the ground as well as the proper number of allies from the region on the ground, any small troop increase won't make a difference. At this point, President Obama is merely running out the clock of his presidency. Whoever wins the presidency in November will inherit the festering problem that is ISIS and the Syrian civil war." 

For more, watch his Facebook Live video here.

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