New Hampshire's U.S. senators are supportive of President Barack Obama's decision to pursue a congressionally approved authorization for the use of military force against Islamic state fighters. Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte says as the Senate begins hearings on the language and scope of Obama's request, she wants to learn more about whether he is prepared to fully execute an effective strategy to defeat ISIS under the terms of the authorization. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the tragic death of Kayla Mueller and the cowardly murder of James Foley, Steven Sotloff and others underscores the necessity to confront and eliminate violent extremists wherever they exist. She said the authorization of force is the best way forward, and she expects a robust debate on the administration's proposal.
In the fight against terrorist organizations, one weapon has been effective in the past: cutting off their funding.
Terrorist groups tend to get their money from outside donors or charities. But the Islamic State, the group that now controls huge areas of Syria and Iraq, doesn't get its money that way. So the methods the U.S. Treasury has used to fight terrorist groups in the past won't work as well.