President Obama's Strategy for Fighting ISIS

President Obama signaling another expansion in the US fight against Islamic extremists.
1:41 | 09/07/14

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Moving on to Washington, days after president Obama fumbling remarks about having no strategy to deal with the routeless Isis terrorists. The white house now says it has a plan to defeat them. ABC's senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny is at the white house tonight. Reporter: Tonight air strikes to protect the dam in western Iraq. Signaling another expansion of the U.S. Fight against islamic extremists. President Obama will address the nation Wednesday trying to lay the ground work for a broader mission while assuring Americans he's not engaging in another long term Iraq war. No ground force, but the U.S. Is flying surveillance missions over Syria looking for targets to cripple Isis. We are going to degrade and ultimately defeat isil the same way we have gone after Al Qaeda. Reporter: His speech comes one day before the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. But democratic congressman Adam smith voiced skepticism of the severity of the threat. There's no evidence that's sis is plotting in this way that bin laden was doing for 9/11. Reporter: Critics say the president must turn his talk into action. Senator Ted Cruz saying to defy the objective. We ought to have an overwhelming air campaign to take them out. It's an open question. If the president will even seek congressional approval but he's inviting the top senate leaders to begin making his case. Thank you. And as Jeff mentioned, Thursday

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