|Cory Doyle |||Sep 10, 2014 01:26 AM EDT|
(Photo : REUTERS) "This is not America against ISIL. This is America leading the international community to assist a country with whom we have a security partnership," U.S. President Barack Obama says during an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday.
United States' President Barack Obama will be asking the U.S. Congress to quickly authorize the training and arming of the Syrian opposition forces and if necessary, will do so even without Congress' approval.
According to U.S. administration officials, President Obama expects to broaden military and political efforts to combat extremist militants in Syria and Iraq.
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Obama is expected to summarize his plans Wednesday morning, in what the press is calling "a rare prime-time address to the nation." In this speech to the nation, Obama will attempt to put the dangers and seriousness of the Islamic State threat into perspective for the nation.
To combat the threat, the U.S. president will adopt a much stricter strategy that include training and arming the Syrian opposition and more widespread air strikes against particular targets in Iraq and Syria.
President Obama also speaks of strengthening the political efforts by securing military and political commitments from allies all over the world - mainly Europe and the Middles East.
At the forefront of his address, the president met with U.S. congressional leaders in the white house to form a "quick resolution."
Following the 2-hour long delegation of the proposed plans, Obama told lawmakers that he "has the authority he needs to take necessary action against the Islamic extremist groups."
However, Obama still welcomes the support and efforts of the lawmakers to "aid the overall effort and demonstrate to the world that the United States is united in defeating the threat."
In a slight shift from a war-weary nation, recent polls show that a high percentage of Americans would get behind plans for a sustained 'air campaign'.
The Monday polls show that approximately 70 percent of Americans support air strikes in Iraq, an increase of almost 20 percent from two weeks ago, and about 65 percent support extending air strikes in Syria.
Despite these numbers supporting the air strikes, some remain reluctant to train and arm the Syrian opposition - bringing up questions of when this particular training and arming may be used against the U.S. by the current "allies."
Obama is expected to speak to the nation Wednesday to inform us of his plans to "eradicate the Islamic State threat."
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