In a year's time, the Islamic State group, or ISIS, has captured Fallujah, Mosul, half of Syria and about a third of Iraq ["ISIS dead at 10,000," News, June 4]. It recently captured the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and the Anbar province capital Ramadi. President Barack Obama called Ramadi a setback. It might be if he had a strategy. The United States' pinprick airstrikes have had little effect. They are done to appease the Arab coalition and to appear as if we are engaged.
As a veteran and the father of a son who served with the 101st Airborne in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I'm saddened to see this administration's lack of concern for the sacrifices of all those who served in Iraq and willingness to allow ISIS practically free rein.
Christians are being slaughtered and journalists beheaded. Still no real response from the administration. Instead, Obama spoke to the graduates at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and called climate change an immediate risk to our national security.
What seems to be evident to the world is that the JV team is in the White House. ISIS is the immediate threat to our national security. It's time this administration admits it and takes action. ISIS is already here.
Craig Boyer, Bayport