CNN’s Tapper: Former and Current Military and Obama Admin Members Tell Me US ‘Lacks a Coherent Plan’ to Destroy ISIS

On Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Lead,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper said that “former and current members of the military and the Obama administration who have said to me on background” told him “the US lacks a coherent plan to accomplish the mission that the president has stated, destroying ISIS.” And other sources told him the current ISIS strategy is “to buy time” until President Obama leaves office.

Tapper said, “Six Jordanian security guards were killed this morning in a car bomb attack. The first of its kind, not far from a massive refugee camp along Syria’s border with Jordan. The bloodshed, just another indication of the regional instability caused by this five-year-long civil war and the rise of ISIS. And it comes as dozens of diplomats, service members, and various officials in and out of the Obama administration voice concern that there is no actual US strategy in Syria and Iraq despite the rosier picture the president continually paints.”

He added, “Now, dozens of ISIS leaders have been killed, and Iraqi forces, backed by the US military, have retaken large portions of ISIS territory, but do those successes equal a strategy? Is the United States firing on all cylinders? No, not according to former and current members of the military and the Obama administration who have said to me on background that, years into this effort the US lacks a coherent plan to accomplish the mission that the president has stated, destroying ISIS.”

Tapper concluded, “Several sources told me that they think the current plan is essentially, just to buy time, until President Obama leaves office.”

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