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senate Bill S. 2755

Should the President Develop a Strategy to Ensure the Long-Term Defeat of ISIS and al-Qaeda?

Argument in favor

The U.S. needs a strategy to ensure that its interests in Syria are protected, and that there’s a long-term plan to contain the threat posed by ISIS and al-Qaeda in both Syria and the broader Middle East. This bill would ensure that the Trump administration develops such a strategy.

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11/24/2019
I don’t feel that this president is capable of coming up with a strategy. He is clearly unfit to hold this office. Even if he did, he would then change his mind and announce it on twitter.
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11/24/2019
Yes, unfortunately he is not capable of performing such a task and it most likely violates his Cooperation with Putin. Fortunately if they are used we do have personnel in the military who can come up with a plan.It comes down to if the president is capable of taking advice from those that know what needs to be done.
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11/24/2019
Yes, but not this president. He has proved unfit for the office. Hopefully we can change this regime with the next election!
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Argument opposed

Instead of requiring the executive branch to produce a strategy for the long-term defeat of ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria and the Middle East, Congress should develop a strategy of its own. Alternatively, the U.S. shouldn’t concern itself with trying to defeat these terror groups.

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11/24/2019
The idiot could not ensure anything! He already announced the defeat of ISIS months ago.
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11/24/2019
He needs to resign and make no further decisions that can adversely affect the security and future of our country!
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11/24/2019
This president couldn’t make a long term plan for anything. Zero attention span.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
    IntroducedOctober 30th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 2755?

This bill would require the president, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, Director of National Intelligence (DNI), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, and heads of other appropriate U.S. government agencies, to submit a report to Congress describing the United States’ strategy to secure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda in the Middle East. This report would be required no more than 30 days after this bill’s enactment, and would be submitted in unclassified form (but may contain a classified annex).

At a minimum, the report would include:

  • A description of the key U.S. security interests and political and military objectives, long-term goals, and desired resolutions for Syria;
  • A description of how current military, diplomatic, and humanitarian assistance efforts in Syria align with U.S. objectives and interests in the country;
  • Analysis of the threats that ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Russia, Iran, and other non-state actors pose in Syria and the surrounding region;
  • An intelligence assessment of the historic and current force strength of ISIS and al-Qaeda and their forces’ locations;
  • An intelligence assessment of the impact that the deaths of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and other senior ISIS leaders will have on the organization;
  • A description of ongoing U.S. and coalition programs to build local forces’ capacity to counter ISIS and al-Qaeda;
  • A description of past, present, and planned efforts by the U.S. and international community to stabilize areas liberated from ISIS control, including efforts to establish local governance and provide basic services;
  • A description of current U.S. and U.S. partners’ efforts to advance a sustainable political settlement in Syria;
  • A description of the conditions that must be met to secure ISIS’ and al-Qaeda’s enduring defeat in Syria and the region;
  • A description of the U.S. military and civilian presence and capabilities needed to effectively monitor and target ISIS and al-Qaeda in the region;
  • An explanation of U.S. efforts to ensure the safety of Syrian Kurds and other Syrian nationals who were or are employed by the U.S. government in Syria from retribution by Turkey, the Assad regime, ISIS, al-Qaeda, or other armed groups;
  • An assessment of the risks of refugees’ involuntary resettlement by the Turkish government in northern Syria;
  • A comprehensive description of U.S. government activities utilizing social media and other communication technologies to counter ISIS’ propaganda, influence, and ability to recruit fights both domestically and internationally; and
  • A description of the U.S. government’s efforts, including through economic sanctions, to deny financial resources (including revenues from natural resources extraction, sale of antiquities, kidnapping, extortion, taxation, smuggling, access to cash storage sites, and access to international financial networks) to ISIS and its affiliates in conjunction with international partners and financial institutions.

Impact

U.S. presence in Syria; Syria; U.S. strategy in Syria and the wider Middle East; Congress; Secretary of Defense; Secretary of State; Director of National Intelligence (DNI); U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator; the president; ISIS; and al-Qaeda.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2755

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-DepthSponsoring Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced this bill to require the Trump administration to submit a report to Congress outlining its plan to secure the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria

Sen. Schumer made a unanimous consent request to immediately pass this bill on November 7, 2019. In his Senate floor remarks, Sen. Schumer said: 

“It’s now been several weeks since the president asked our troops to leave a critical sector in northern Syria and subsequently lots of things happened, including at least 100—and probably more—ISIS prisoners escaping, and uncertainty as to who is guarding the prisons where ISIS prisoners are kept, and a lack of a whole strategy as to how to continue the fight against ISIS. ISIS is not vanquished, they are weakened but not vanquished and we all know that ISIS can come back. We all know that a small group thousands of miles away can do untold damage in our homeland. And yet, we still have no plan that we’ve heard from the administration about how we’re dealing with ISIS. How are we dealing with the prisoners who escaped? How are we dealing with the prisoners who are still incarcerated? And how are we dealing with ISIS overall? This is one of the greatest security threats America faces and I would hope that we could pass this proposal which simply demands that the administration report to Congress on what their plan is to deal with ISIS. It’s that simple. That’s the immediate danger… the immediate danger is ISIS. The ISIS prisoners who’ve escaped, the ISIS prisoners who are incarcerated, the ISIS members who still are around. We don’t have a strategy and it’s one of the greatest failings of foreign policy not only of this administration but of any administration. A resolution passed the House a while ago, it has laid fallow here. All we are asking here in this legislation is very simple, and that is to report on the strategy to secure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State.”

However, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) objected to the request.

Sen. Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for a clear strategy to defeat ISIS in a mid-October 2019 joint press release

“The chaos and insecurity unleashed in Syria by President Trump’s disastrous decision to precipitously withdraw from northern Syria require strong, smart leadership from Congress. With one voice, we call on President Trump to support Kurdish communities, to work to ensure that the Turkish military acts with restraint, and to present a clear strategy to defeat ISIS.”

This legislation has nine Democratic cosponsors and has not yet received a vote.


Of NoteOn December 19, 2018, President Trump claimed victory over ISIS and announced that the U.S. would begin a military withdrawal from Syria. This announcement led to a number of officials’ resignations, including then-Defense Secretary James Mattis. It was criticized for being hasty, ill-thought out, and giving ISIS an opportunity to regain ground after losses and ramp up the fight against U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters. There was a bipartisan congressional consensus that the decision had damaged U.S. interests in the Middle East and helped adversaries, including ISIS, Russia, and Iran.

Sen. Schumer introduced this bill in response to the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from northern Syria, where large numbers of IS militants have remained. 

ISIS’ Baghdadi era ended on October 26, 2019, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up as U.S. troops were closing in. When American Special Operations troops trapped him in a dead-end tunnel in northwest Syria, he detonated an explosive vest, killing himself and three of what were believed his at least six children.

After al-Baghdadi’s death, Trump administration officials suggested that his death wouldn’t affect plans to curtail or alter the military mission in Syria. ISIS named his successor, Ibrahim al Hashemi al Qurayshi, five days later, on October 31, 2019.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

A bill to require a report on the plan to secure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Official Title

A bill to require a report on the plan to secure the enduring defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

    I don’t feel that this president is capable of coming up with a strategy. He is clearly unfit to hold this office. Even if he did, he would then change his mind and announce it on twitter.
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    The idiot could not ensure anything! He already announced the defeat of ISIS months ago.
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    Yes, unfortunately he is not capable of performing such a task and it most likely violates his Cooperation with Putin. Fortunately if they are used we do have personnel in the military who can come up with a plan.It comes down to if the president is capable of taking advice from those that know what needs to be done.
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    Yes, but not this president. He has proved unfit for the office. Hopefully we can change this regime with the next election!
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    Heck, I’d like to see the President form a strategy about anything (other than what benefits him personally). Unfortunately I’ve seen little proof that he’s capable of such actions and abilities.
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    He needs to resign and make no further decisions that can adversely affect the security and future of our country!
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    Absolutely, I feel that our government generally needs to guided by long term strategies that ensure long term commitments are met. We need to muzzle any new administration from simply disregarding our strategic imperatives without clear cause for doing so. We currently have an administration guided by impulse and acting with a ‘ready, shoot, aim’ approach. No that is wrong, we have an administration guided by a ‘shoot first’ philosophy and then spin-market a rationale after the fact, without ever having considered the ‘aim’ part. This is dangerous and leads to many, many unplanned long-term consequences. There are serious long-term terrorist threats that need to be addressed by long-term strategic planning and commitment. I am sure that military planners have many such plans including how to react to foreseeable threats. Let’s use that as the basis for a long-term governmental direction. In general, I believe that our government should be guided by strategic plans starting with a broad summary of who we feel we are and what we need to be in the future; along with a high level identification of what broad threats exist that could limit attaining our goals- kind of like the Bill of Rights did for the Framer’s of our Constitution, which institutionally encapsulated those ideals and protection from those threats important at that time in history. I never cease to be amazed at how profound and timeless these documents are. I think that a ‘bill of rights’ kind of document for the modern world can provide a solid basis to formulate long-term strategic imperatives and detailed strategic plans to guide legislation, ensure that potential long-term consequences of ‘sounds-good, let’s pass it legislation’ are weighed against strategic goals. I think it would eliminate the blizzard of legislation that often has great sounding titles but specify actions that either obviously or indirectly run counter to the stated title or stated intent. It would reign in meaningless politicking legislation that either duplicates current legislation or runs counter to other legislation so candidates have something to tell their constituents that ‘they did’. Finally, high level strategic guidance of all our government programs can get Congress to stay focused on higher level long-term issues to counter world adversarial interests which are guided and act upon long-term strategies to undermine our country- while we allow massive changes in our country’s long-term priorities whenever we roll over our country’s board-of-director’s with our two year election cycle. It should not be made easy for elected officials to simply disregard our country’s commitments nor our long-term strategic imperatives.
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    This president couldn’t make a long term plan for anything. Zero attention span.
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    Trump is too STUPID to have any long range plan. He’s a complete FOOL! Plan? He doesn’t even listen to advisors, people that are 100 times smarter than the orange orangutan. This will have to wait..... Our democracy is DEAD.
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    Is that a serious question? The only strategy that crook in the Oval Office can handle is where his next Big Mac is coming from.
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    Yes, presidents who engage in wars should have a long term plan. This has not been the case with securing the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda in the Middle East. Just because it should happen, does not mean our current leader is capable. He can’t think past his ego, making reckless decisions he believes will benefit him. We need an intelligent leader who actually cares about the people in the USA and is surrounded by knowledgeable advisors that can actually create specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound goals.
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    Not this president he should resign in shame and go back home
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    There was already a strategy in place. Support our allies in the region, and stop allowing Turkey to dictate our Syria policy. ISIS would still be contained and on the defensive had we not hit the self-destruct button.
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    Sound good if you had a President that didn’t do knee jerk decisions. So far he wants to repeal Obamacare (ACA) with no plan for replacement, cancel DACA with no plan as to what is next, cancellation or increase tariffs, TTP and NAFA with no plan what to do next, he has no international plan other than Putin’s plan, gave tax cut to the wealthy and corporations has no plan for the deficit, want build a wall with no plan on how to pay for it, there are others, but Trump has no plan his dad bailed him out. He gone bankrupt 4 times, I guess that is his plan for the USA?
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    Stumpfy's too incompetent to do any such thing. CONgress do your job.
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    Do we need a plan, absolutely! Do we need Trump to make the plan, absolutely not!
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    Yes, we need a coherent policy with a plan for how to enact it. This current whim-ridden series of actions in the Middle East threatens all our security. Trump continually complains that "ISIS" is streaming through our southern border while at the same time bragging that ISIS is completely defeated and we have no need to keep our troops in Syria and Iraq. I wish it all made sense, but the man is clearly incapable of military and defense strategy. I wish that Congress would reign it all in and control the purse.
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    NO..... Not THIS President. He can’t be trusted to do the right thing on Foreign Affairs. My answer is a definitive YES to the next person who occupies the Oval Office.
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    Does anyone think our criminal game show host is capable of such a thing? I’ve got a a border wall to sell you if you think so.
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    Maybe once we have a new president. This one isn’t capable of coming up with a strategy. He is unfit to hold office.
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