Both the House and Senate have voted to approve a measure to train and arm Syrian rebels. President Obama thanked lawmakers, saying the bipartisan support showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants. Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii is also an Iraq war vet and she voted against the measure. She told Anderson that her biggest problem is that "the mission is unclear."
There are serious questions about why the U.S. needs to lead the way in the battle against ISIS. Anderson talked it over with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, who said regional powers need to put "skin in the game."
The U.S. is in the middle of an air campaign against ISIS. If that fails, will the Obama administration send combat troops on the ground? It seems to depend on who in Washington you ask. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest and asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. He described the role members of the U.S. military may be asked to play on the ground in Iraq.
David Haines is the third Western captive to be executed on video by ISIS. His family is dealing with an unimaginable tragedy. His brother Mike is speaking out about David's motivation to be an aid worker. Nic Robertson has the latest.
ISIS' videos show horrifying acts of brutality carried out in Syria and Iraq. Those graphic images have many people wondering whether ISIS could launch an attack on U.S. soil. Anderson looked at ISIS' capabilities with CNN Political commentator Peter Beinart and retired Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling.
Diane Foley spoke exclusively with Anderson Cooper about the kidnapping and murder of her son, journalist James Foley. She put the blame squarely on ISIS, but she also said that she felt "our country let Jim down." She also spoke to Anderson about her son’s time in captivity, the handling of an e-mail demanding an impossible random, the release of Bowe Bergdahl and the launch of the James Foley Legacy Fund and Foundation.
Justice Correspondent Pam Brown reports on the government's response to Diane Foley's allegations.
When her son, journalist James Foley, was kidnapped in Syria by ISIS, Diane Foley, along with the rest of her family, became tireless advocates for his safe return. For 21 months, they showed strength and grace, even as they learned the very worst happened to him.
Diane Foley spoke exclusively to Anderson Cooper about the son she loved and the James Foley Legacy Foundation. She also candidly discussed her belief that the U.S. government did not do enough to bring James and Steven Sotloff home safely.
She explained the situation saying:
'Jim was killed in the most horrific way. He was sacrificed because of a lack of coordination, lack of communication, and a lack of prioritization.'
We invited the White House to provide someone to comment on Diane Foley's assertions, but they declined. However, during an interview with National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Wolf Blitzer asked about it. You can watch her response, along with Anderson's conversation with Dan O'Shea, a former hostage negotiator at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and Maajid Nawaz, a former jihadi recruiter.
President Obama's speech on ISIS set off some pretty intense fireworks on AC360. Senator John McCain lit into CNN's new Senior Political Commentator Jay Carney over the president's policies in Iraq and Syria. This confrontation nearly didn't happen. The two were not scheduled to be on the show at the same time, but Senator McCain took aim at Carney who was still sitting on set and that triggered the heated confrontation. Anderson looked at both of their arguments with Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and political commentator Peter Beinart.
Anderson asked Sen. McCain about President Obama's strategy to destroy ISIS, and he wasted little time taking aim at Jay Carney. The former White House Press Secretary is now CNN's Senior Political Commentator. Sen. McCain challenged Carney about the administration's decisions on arming Syrian rebels and removing troops in Iraq. He even called out Carney personally saying:
'You, in your role as a spokesperson, bragged about the fact that the last American combat troop had left Iraq. If we had left a residual force the situation would not be what it is today.'
President Obama is preparing for a major speech laying out his plan for dealing with ISIS. A sports analogy he used to describe the terror group during an interview with the New Yorker's David Remnick back in January that is raising serious questions today.
"The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant…"
Anderson looked at the fallout from that comment and discussed it with David Remnick.
The Canadian government believes 130 Canadians are fighting overseas for terror groups right now. Parents there are learning that their sons are gone and often dying for a cause they barely understand. A surprising number of them are not only from Calgary and many attended one Mosque. Senior Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin traveled there to learn more.
Videos from ISIS that depict the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff have drawn condemnation from around the world. Randi Kaye reports how those videos are also being used to draw new recruits on jihadi web sites and chatrooms.
Maajid Nawaz was once a Muslim extremist. He discussed what this generation of radicals sees in ISIS' videos.