WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement in response to President Obama ordering air strikes in Syria to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):
“While taking action in the form of limited airstrikes is a good first step, it will be inadequate to achieve the President’s objective of destroying and defeating ISIL unless it fits into an overall strategy for Iraq, Syria and the broader Middle East. The President still has not presented to the American people his long term objectives or vision for what success looks like in Syria, and so it’s not clear how his short term tactic to 'simultaneously pressure ISIL' fits into a larger strategy that can succeed. While these airstrikes in Syria can begin to degrade ISIL capabilities, they certainly won’t defeat or destroy the terrorist army, just as we have seen in Iraq. I am encouraged by the participation of our Arab partners in last night’s operations, but am disappointed that other allies in the region, in particular Turkey, were not more involved. This is a shared fight against a clear and growing threat and will require additional cooperation and contributions from our partners.
"Finally and most importantly, I want to thank the brave men and women of our armed forces who executed their missions with great skill and courage. Our nation owes them a debt of gratitude for their continued willingness to answer the call in defense of our national security. They deserve a clear strategy from the President with the resources necessary to succeed in their mission and return home safely.”