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Dem Senator: Obama 50-Troop Syria Strategy Won’t Work Long-Term

Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said President Barack Obama’s decision to send 50 Special Operations troops into Syria is not a strategy that will work long-term.

Gillibrand said ISIS taking down a passenger plane with a bomb “would seem to be a change in profile. It would seem to be a different level of capacity that we’ve not seen in the past. And obviously that would cause grave concern for many of us who focus on national security, as New Yorker we are often the number one terror target we’ve been table to avert attempts in the past. It’s very important that we do this whole investigation so we are knowledgeable.”

When asked about the president sending 50 special operations troops to Syria Gillibrand said, “I don’t think it’s a strategy that will work long term. I think ISIS is great threat. I think what we could be doing more of dealing with humanitarian crisis. I wish we were focused on how we can create relief for millions of families that are streaming out of Syria. I see our European partners pick up the pace and take significant responsibility for these families, what Germany has done is outstanding. America should be doing more.”

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