WASHINGTON (AP) - A Democratic-leaning former senator says President Barack Obama has no coherent anti-terrorism strategy in embattled Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Connecticut's Joe Lieberman, who retired from the Senate this month, told the House homeland security committee Wednesday that the administration is still focused on fighting al-Qaida without keeping up with its current network of loosely affiliated groups. Lieberman says Islamist terrorists are gaining new footholds in Syria, Iraq and Libya, but American policymakers are signaling that military involvement is off the table. He says the U.S., then, is unable to help quash these groups and protect itself and its allies in the region.
Administration officials have said engagement should not be equated with military action. The State Department has said diplomacy is the first option.
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