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Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, The New York Times: "President Obama's admission this week that 'we don't have a strategy yet' to deal with (ISIS in Syria) is startling. It is also dangerous. ... The threat ISIS poses only grows over time. It cannot be contained. It must be confronted. ... War-weary Americans ... cannot ignore this threat. ISIS is now one of the largest, richest terrorist organizations in history (and) it occupies a growing safe haven ... spanning two countries. (Confronting) ISIS in Iraq, but not in Syria, would be fighting with one hand tied behind our back."

Nick Gillespie, Reason: "The problem isn't that the president isn't hawkish enough. It's that he really doesn't have a plan for figuring out if, how and when to use force effectively in the pursuit of U.S. goals. ... Obama also needs (a) defensible policy for the war on terror — one that he can sell...

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