The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Tuesday that the administration is essentially sending troops into the "wilderness with a compass, but no map" after it failed to deliver a strategy to defeat the Islamic State by Monday's deadline.
The fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act required the administration to provide a strategy to counter violent extremism by Monday, a deadline it missed.
Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said the failure to come through is unsurprising, despite the administration's repeated assurances that its strategy is "well underway."
"The committee is working now to shape the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act and the Pentagon has already begun requesting authorities our troops need to defeat this enemy. Without a strategy, this amounts to leaving our troops in the wilderness with a compass, but no map," Thornberry said in a statement.
"Failing to comply with the report deadline represents more than a failure of strategic vision for the White House. It is a lost opportunity for the administration and Congress to work together on a common approach to face this threat," he continued.