With President Obama's speech outlining his ISIS "game plan" coming Wednesday, there was no shortage of opinion today on the talk shows about what he should do. "What we ought to have is a directed, concerted, overwhelming campaign to take them out," Ted Cruz told ABC. "The focus should be Iraq, but the real focus should be taking out ISIS. Within Syria, it should not be our objective to try and resolve the civil war." Cruz dinged Obama for not "taking ISIS seriously," and added that "the American people in 2014 and also November 2016 are going to be looking for leaders who want to work to restore America’s leadership in the world." Which, coincidentally, "increases my interest in doing everything I can to change the direction we’re on," vis a vis a 2016 run, notes Politico. More from your Sunday dial, as per Politico:
- Henry Kissinger: "When an American is murdered on television for the purpose of terrorizing Americans, there should be a response that you cannot, you would not, analyze in terms of a normal response to provocation. Something has to crystallize out of this violence and it won’t happen without our leadership."
- Mitt Romney: Obama "is so out of touch with reality that he hasn't taken the kind of action necessary to prevent very bad things from happening," like the rise of ISIS. "I don't know if you can't see reality from the fairway."
- Dianne Feinstein: "I want to congratulate the president. He is now on offense. It is overdue, but the president is now there. I think it is the right thing for America. Time's a-wasting. We've now said that we’re going to go on the offensive. It's time for America to project power and strength."
- Mike Rogers: Obama should "lay out a very certain case" for action against ISIS, and "engage Congress, the American people on what exactly we’re going to do here."