Senate Intelligence Committee chair Diane Feinstein called President Barack Obama “too cautious” in his response to the ultra-violent jihadists in ISIS, adding he was “wrong” to call them a jayvee team back in January.
The Democratic California senator appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday, discussing with Andrea Mitchell a possible American response to the rapid rise of Sunni fundamentalists in Syria and Iraq. On Thursday, Obama admitted he did not yet have a plan to deal with the terrorist surge.
“They have been on the march now for months, if not years,” Mitchell noted. “So why does the president still say we don’t have a strategy yet? Doesn’t that project weakness from the White House?”
“Well, I mean, I know what you want me to say, But I’m not going to say it in that sense,” Feinstein replied. “I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious. Maybe, in this instance, too cautious.”
“I do know that the military, I know that the state department, I know that others have been putting plans together,” she explained. “And so hopefully those plans will coalesce into a strategy.”
Mitchell also brought up the president’s “jayvee” label given to ISIS. “That was clearly wrong,” she asserted.
“Well, I think it’s wrong, too,” Feinstein agreed. “I think it’s a major varsity team, if you want to use those kind of monikers. I see nothing that compares to its viciousness . . . These are a group of people that are extraordinarily dangerous. And they’ll kill with abandon.”