“President Obama is providing a half-a-sed response to a national security threat, an immediate threat to the homeland. I want to provide a response that is not constrained by geography. ISIL’s in eight countries, trying to project throughout the world. After 9/11 we created authorization to allow us to attack al-Qaeda anywhere, and we need the same thing now. They're seeking territory beyond Iraq and Syria. That’s what their ambitions are. I want to destroy them, not 'fight' them. They’re lightly armed compared to a modern army. In Egypt, in other countries that would be allies here, you have modern air forces. You have navies. ISIS doesn't have an air force, and ISIS doesn't have a navy. This is not like going into Iraq. We’re talking about taking land back from 30,000-40,000 fighters.
It helps enormously if you defeat ISIL. ISIL is seen as the winner on the Internet, as an inspiration. The day you take Raqqa back and give it to Syrians, the day you take Mosul and give it back to Iraqis, is the day the allure of ISIL fades. They become losers.