French President François Hollande on Mondaycalled for the United States and Russia to join his country in an all-out war against ISIS — but PresidentObama expressed a much less aggressive stance, and said putting more US troops on the ground “would be a mistake.”
In a role reversal from the 2003 US war against Iraq, which France opposed, Hollande told French lawmakers he is committed to “destroying” ISIS, “a result that has been too long in coming.”
Speaking at a rare joint session of Parliament at the Palace of Versailles, Hollande said he wanted to create “a union of all who can fight this terrorist army in a single coalition.”
“I will call both Obama and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to unite our efforts and seek a solution,” Hollande said.
Obama, however, flatly rejected Hollande’s plea to ramp up the US military effort, instead defending his own strategy of targeted airstrikes and aiding anti-ISIS fighters.