What should the U.S. do about ISIS?

“In an address to the nation, President Barack Obama will outline an expanded military and political effort to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, possibly including airstrikes in Syria, officials said,” reports the Associated Press.

The president will also urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad.

But administration officials said Obama will press forward with other elements of his plan without formal authorization from lawmakers. That could include wide-ranging airstrikes in Iraq and possibly in Syria. Other elements of Obama’s plan, which he was to lay out in a prime-time TV speech Wednesday, included increased support for Iraqi security forces, as well as military and diplomatic commitments from partners in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere.

Here’s a look at what Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation is thinking about how to approach the ISIS threat.

You can join a conversation on this topic today at 9:00a.m. with The Daily Circuit. MPR News will carry the address live tonight at 8:00p.m.

Today’s Question: What should the U.S. do about ISIS?

  • Gary F

    I’m sure the Nobel Peace Prize winner will figure it out. He’s been handling it well so far.

  • whitedoggie44

    Failure to act against agressors will only invite more agression so hope obama understands history of agressors and correct way to respond other than a worthless speech.. Let us hope he transitions from an indecisive foreign policy. Obama still thinks foreigh policy is a popularity contest hence his lack of direction whether dealing with Putin or ISIS. All goes down to lack of leadership skills.

    • kevins

      What would you do?

      • whitedoggie44

        First, I am not the president nor am I qualified but then either is he in my opinion. I would take whatever means are necessary using both allies and internal force to destroy ISIS before it becomes a larger problem for future presidents.

        • kevins

          Thanks…good to know the plan.

          • whitedoggie44

            A risky option is always better than a hopeless option.

          • kevins

            What is always striking to me is how many people have opinions about what to do, all the time knowing that they are really not the one that has to make the decision.

          • whitedoggie44

            I just hope he moves forward with a direction and if it works he deserves credit. If he does nothing and bad things happen, he deserves blame.

  • Send in the arms merchants! WoW! What an opportunity! If we play our cards right, we should be able to sell to both sides!

    • Jamie

      Given our recent history, the arms merchants will sell to the US Government, which will borrow the money from China to pay for them. Then we’ll give the weapons to both sides – one side at a time mind you, as the situation becomes more clear and less clear about who is our ally at the time. And of course we’ll train each side to be better soldiers while we’re at it so that when they are no longer our allies, they’re better equipped to do damage to our troops.

  • Jim G

    ISIL is a complex multifaceted problem that requires multifaceted solutions.. One of the things I really can appreciate now about Bush One’s handling of the first gulf war is his coalition building. He was able to bring together Allies with disparate national goals, but with one common interest; they all understood the that it was in their region’s best interests to assure that Saddam Hussein’s attempt to annex Kuwait did not succeed. That’s the kind of coalition we need to build to confront the ISIL threat. Coalitions take time to build, and it will be a long term project to put forces into play, however the benefits are immense. We do not bear the full cost in blood and treasure as we did in Bush II’s Iraq War..

  • PaulJ

    To defeat gangsters, ally any two of: armed citizens, soldiers, police, or spies. If ISIS is really a proxy, boycott Russian or Chinese exports.

  • AndyBriebart

    A good read on the subject of how we got here in the first place


  • Jolly cyclist

    ISIS and radical fundamentalist zealots in Pakistan, and much of the rest of Asia, Africa and the Middle and Near East, are unflinchingly violent people with no apparent capacity for tolerating anyone else’s point of view. They can only be defeated when the very innocent, and largely defenseless, people they prey on turn on them against them with even greater force and determination.
    I don’t fear them one bit regarding having any direct impact on the U.S., but I have the greatest compassion for all their thousands upon thousands of victims.
    We simply need to arm everyone over 12 years old, male and female, who wants to be left alone to practice whatever religion they choose, and identify with whatever ethnic group they choose, and teach them to band together to defend their freedom of choice.

  • Ian Mann/Team 6

    Our leaders NEED TO READ the recently released book, “13 Hours”- the 5 on the ground witness accounts of the Benghazi attack and cover up.
    When our state dept and president can’t be honest with us, what does it matter with what ever Obama says tonight on dealing with ISIS?
    History shows America sat by as WWI and WWII evolved, we ignored the concentration camps until the Imperial Japanese attacked us. Today we have Americans beheaded and even then Obama is playing golf and thinking of what to do_ good lord folks, he has known about ISIS for over two years!

    BTW_ will MPR/NPR ever address this new book, ” 13 hours” and try to interview the writers? or will they continue to carry water for the Obama administration and ignore the facts?

  • Rich in Duluth

    The U.S. should be using diplomacy to influence world opinion and to promote consensus building among the local stake holders affected by the ISIS group. The money and arms flowing to these thugs must be cut off and that requires that the suppliers be marginalized by economic sanctions.

    Sending arms to other groups, no matter how “moderate” they seem now, only exposes the U.S. to the real possibility that those “moderates” will then become extremists when the current crisis is over.

    Again, the U.S. should be doing everything it can to eliminate our “interests” (price/supply of foreign oil) in the Middle East and elsewhere, by increasing spending on the R&D to develop renewable energy at home. By doing less “diplomacy” with our military, we can cut the military budget and direct that money toward renewable energy.

  • AndyBriebart
  • Pearly

    Don’t really know what we should do I will leave that up to the Commander In Chief. But if we are going to send our Sons and Daughters to war lets at least try to put a fing “W” in the win column

  • Bill

    I think it’s interesting that over the past few years the US has been funding and arming Syrian ‘rebels’ and now we have a group of ‘terrorists’ in the area running around killing people, including duel citizen (American/Israeli) reporter Steven Sotloff. Now our peace prize winning leader will keep the war machine going, spending more money (that we still don’t have) on killing.

  • JQP

    1) Cyber-Jack them … actively and publicly…
    they are a virtual state as much as they are the territory the occupy and the business they transact. they need their reputation to be something “useful”… make it useless.
    2) foster schools in small towns in the middle east … not USA counter-indoctrination centers,… but locals funded to teach the simple basics of reading, writing and simple analytic thought. When some mullah, jihadi, or zealot meets them.. they will be two steps ahead… they can read.. and they can think.

  • charlie

    We need the their citizen to support our moves.


    Over my dead body am i going to support the president right now and I voted for him. As A Human Being there is no reason what so ever to spend more money on Home Land Security Programs that are broken. The whole point was not to vote for George Bush.i plan to say it until I am blue in the face U.S Tax Dollars need to be spent on DOMESTIC ISSUES. JOBS, HOUSING, EDUCATION, HIGHER WAGES are the key.

    Humanitarian efforts towards the people who are suffering towards dictatorship instead of bloodshed, bombs and murder!!!


  • Pearly

    Another question is what should the U.S. do about Minnesotans going to Syria to fight with ISIL or ISIS. We seem to be a hotbed for terrorists here.


    • Emery

      Revoking their passports would be a good first step

  • Observe

    Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United (Today’s NY Times)