According to statements from the U.S. Congressman from South Carolina, Rep. Mulvaney said reports indicate that the “moderate” Syrian rebels the Obama administration planned to arm have just struck a deal with ISIS. Mulvaney said of the reported news, “You read that right: the people that so many folks in our government-including the President- want to arm, train, and support, just struck a deal with ISIS.”
In a news report out of the French press agency, the moderates and hard line rebel groups in Syria made an agreement with ISIS not to fight each other. Instead, the groups agreed they would focus their attention on fighting to oust Syrian President Bashir Assad. Such an alliance will have serious consequences to the current strategy put forth by President Obama and members of Congress.
Compounding the already shaky strategy are reports that Turkey will not participate in the efforts to stop ISIS. Turkey even went so far as to deny access to their landing fields for Air Support missions. As one of the only majority Islamic NATO partners, it was previously thought Turkey would lend a bit of credibility to the ISIS/IL strategy presented by Obama. The President had made comments that suggested he had a strong coalition of support but that statement seems to be proving less true by the minute.
While some law makers may support the Presidents current plan to deal with the threat of ISIS, it is clear others are not so trusting. Representative Mulvaney was clear in his concern for the Obama administrations current strategy in dealing with ISIS. His final comment on the subject was, “My confidence in the leadership coming out of the White House has never been lower.”