March 11, 2015

Fighting ISIS Here, There, and Everywhere

What started as a set of limited airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria has the potential to morph into a global battle that could see U.S. military operations in places like Nigeria and Libya.

That’s because the Islamic State’s tentacles — both real and virtual — are beginning to reach into countries around the world, and the U.S. military wants to reserve the right to go after the militants wherever they show up.

For some lawmakers on Capitol Hill, that’s a blank check they’re not willing to write.

“If we’re going to go to war in Libya, I want to vote for war in Libya. If we’re going to go to war in Nigeria, I want to vote for war in Nigeria,” Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday, March 11, at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Read the full article at Foreign Policy.


  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy ad...