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Sen. Feinstein: 'It's Time For America To Project Power And Strength'

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate intelligence committee, is congratulating President Obama for finally going on the offensive against the ISIS/ISIL terrorists, a move she called "overdue." "[I]t's time for America to project power and strength," Feinstein told CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley on Sunday. "He has put together the coalition of nine nations. His people are in different regional countries as we speak, consulting and trying to bring in other countries in the region. I think that this is a major change in how ISIS is approached." Feinstein said the White House has told her that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry are leading the effort to form a new "coalition of the willing." "So what I want to hear is from both of those two, what is the military plan and what is the diplomatic plan? And time's a-wasting, because we have now said that we're going to go on the offensive. And it's time for America to project power and strength." Feinstein said she wants to hear from the president what the international coalition is willing to do -- and specifically, "what the Saudis are going to do, if, in fact -- and there's a difference of opinion on this -- is Iran going to help? Iran has offered to help -- I, for one, think that's useful -- what other Middle Eastern countries are going to do, and what would be the prime role for America." Although President Obama has ruled out American boots on the ground, Feinstein said U.S. Special Operations forces need to be working in both Iraq and Syria: "We should have Special Operations working," Feinstein said. "We should use our ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconaissance) much more than has been. It's been difficult in Syria, but that is now ramping up. I believe we should go after their command-and-control, where there are caches of equipment, and use that ISR and take it out, as well as in Iraq, as -- the same thing." Also appearing on "State of the Union," Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said that any successful effort to dismantle and degrade ISIS/ISIL will require "intelligence and special-capability military forces that would have to operate with our allies...And we're not configured to do that today. "And, if we do that, we can add leverage to this fight in a way that can be very, very effective. But it does mean that we will have some forces who will be exposed. This doesn't mean big military, 101st Airborne. It does mean these intelligence service folks and our special-capability military." CNS News: Feinstein: 'Time for America to Project Power and Strength' http://cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/feinstein-time-america-project-power-and-strength