In an interview with CNN’s Carol Costello, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said the U.S. strategy to defeat Islamic State terrorists should involve instilling fear in their members, something President Obama has failed to do thus far.
Zeldin explained that the terrorists should be so overcome with fear, that “they should be sleeping with one eye open.”
Costello asked Zeldin how much time would be needed to debate whether or not to grant the President war powers.
He responded that it would require little time and debate provided “everyone could be reassured that the strategy is to actually destroy ISIS.”
Zeldin explained that we need to “be instilling fear on the part of ISIS.”
“They should be sleeping with one eye open because they fear that Army Ranger coming in the middle of the night to put a round of lead between their eyes.”
Watch the exchange below …
Partial transcript via CNN:
COSTELLO: I mean, we’re already doing that. Maybe it needs to be on a larger scale or something. But we’re already — let me ask you this question. So Congress will come back from break and they’ll debate whether to give President Obama war powers. How long will it take, do you think?
ZELDIN: Well, I don’t think it would take very long at all quite honestly. We could have a very healthy conversation today, have our questions answered by this afternoon. I mean, when Congress comes back at the beginning of next week, everyone could be reassured that the strategy is to beat actually destroy ISIS.
As I mentioned at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last Thursday, we need to have — be instilling fear on the part of ISIS. They should be sleeping with one eye open because they fear that Army Ranger coming in the middle of the night to put a round of lead between their eyes.
If our effort is to destroy them with the full use of our capabilities in an intelligent way with someone in charge is given the flexibility to be able to accomplish their mission, I think that Congress, whether you’re liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, representing the American people who are our constituents, there would be a large overwhelming amount of support coming from Congress and all across this country to destroy ISIS.
We just need to make sure that the effort isn’t to come up short. If we are going to put a service member in a position where they can lose their life and miss another birthday or a holiday or an anniversary, we have to be sending them to win.
Zeldin made the same statements at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week, which examined President Obama’s request for war powers.
He demanded that all military options be on the table to defeat Islamic State terrorists if they are to grant such power.