Brookings’ Indyk on Obama’s Syria Plan: ‘Doesn’t Really Sound Like a Plausible Strategy’

Brookings' Martin S. Indyk questioned whether the president’s national security strategy in Syria is "plausible."

Susan Rice unveiled the Obama administration’s new National Security Strategy document at the Brooking’s Institute on Friday. The 29 page document defended the White House’s plan of "strategic patience" arguing that the United States should not spend its resources intervening in every conflict around the world.

Rice sat down with Indyk afterwards to answer questions about Obama’s foreign policy. Indyk gave Rice a rather blunt assessment of the administration’s plan.

"It [the NSS document] talks about the notion of some kind of political rearrangement there that will be necessary to deal with the situation. It doesn’t really sound like a plausible strategy," Indyk said.

The media has been relentless in its criticism of Obama’s apparent lack of strategy to combat the Islamic State and other threats. For critics, Rice’s announcement and subsequent discussion failed to provide any new ideas to take on the ever more formidable IS.

"In Syria there really is no credible force to take on [the Islamic State], " Bloomberg’s Michael O’Hanlon said.