Syrian President Mocks U.S.-Led Airstrikes Against ISIS
In a recent interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad mocked the U.S., saying that U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS in Syria are not serious and have produced no tangible results in the fight against the terror group.
"You can’t end terrorism with aerial strikes," Assad said in the interview. "Troops on the ground that know the land and can react are essential. That is why there haven’t been any tangible results in the two months of strikes led by the coalition."
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said on "On The Record" tonight that it's ironic that Assad is calling out the U.S., since the Obama administration has basically given him a pass and not challenged or attacked his regime after he gassed his own people.
She did, however, agree with Assad that the coalition airstrikes have been somewhat tepid.
Of the fight against ISIS in Syria, Ayotte said the strategy is just not working at all.
She called for an increase in airstrikes, plus figuring out who is going to fight the terrorists on the ground in Syria.
Ayotte said in Iraq, we have the Kurds who can fight as the "boots on the ground," but we need to give them more support.
"On the Syria side, there's a vacuum there, and Assad is looking at the situation thinking it's going to benefit him in the long run."
Watch the clip above.