September 10, 2014

White House floats Syria proposal — House spending panel unveils CR — DoD submits reprogramming request


Journalists: Austin Wright, Trevor Eischen

WHAT’S OBAMA GOING TO SAY? We reached out to several of the think tank experts who attended a private dinner Monday with President Barack Obama, asking for some insight into the president’s much-anticipated address to the nation tonight on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant:

— Michèle Flournoy of the Center for a New American Security: “I expect the president will lay out a comprehensive, multidimensional strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL based on many of the lessons we have learned since 9/11. He will explain the threat ISIL poses to the United States and how the U.S. will lead an international coalition to help the people and states of the region deal decisively with this threat over the coming months and years.”

— Strobe Talbott of the Brookings Institution: "The president is clearly focused on a comprehensive strategy for subjecting ISIS to all those d-word[s]: disrupt, degrade, defeat, dismantle, destroy. Comprehensive means going after those guys wherever they are. He seemed [heartened] at the degree and scope of buy-in to the strategy on the part of the key regional players.”

Read the full article at POLITICO.


  • Michèle Flournoy

    Chair, CNAS Board of Directors, Co-founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors

    Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), w...