Key senators of both parties are deeply frustrated with what they view as President Barack Obama’s confusing strategy for taking on the Islamic State and mixed messages to lawmakers about what sort of legal authority he needs from them to wage war against the radical Islamist militia.
On Wednesday, they will get their chance to grill Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken on those issues when he appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for what was supposed to be a combative but relatively routine confirmation hearing.
The White House always knew Blinken’s nomination to hold the No. 2 job at the State Department would be an opportunity for Republicans to criticize Obama’s foreign policy. Administration officials remain optimistic about Blinken's confirmation prospects — he has good relationships with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, few in Washington question his qualifications for the job, and he can count on Vice President Joe Biden’s help in winning over hisRead More »from Frustrated senators have questions about Obama’s Islamic State strategy. On Wednesday, they may get answers