In a press conference on January 9th, a senator warned that more attacks will be coming to the shores of the United States. Will President Obama listen?
We are seeing France turn into a war zone in the aftermath of the terror attacks at the French satirical cartoon publication, Charlie Hebdo. We have seen countless terror attacks around the world, spanning over the last decade. Now, Senator James Inhoffe, member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, warned on January 9th that President Obama’s refusal to be a world leader and America’s “retreat” from global issues have emboldened terrorists.
“Terrorists, and specifically radical Muslim extremists, are at war with the West and the U.S. Unfortunately, this Administration has tragically treated these post-911 attacks like isolated police actions and believe releasing terrorists being detained by the U.S. will somehow increase our security. The terrorists see the U.S. retreating from the world and they see a president unwilling to be a world leader.” (Media Research Center)As a result of this “unwillingness to be a world leader,” the senator warned that more attacks are coming.
“The victims and their families of the terrorist attack in Paris today are in my thoughts and prayers. America stands with those who lost loved ones and with the country of France and all our allies on this issue of terrorism. This attack proves that we are facing an increasingly dangerous world, where oppressive and violent terrorists groups are more organized, better funded and more radical than what we were seeing more than a decade ago. I do not believe this attack is an isolated incident and unfortunately, I believe these types of attacks will continue if we do not recognize the vulnerability of not having a strategy for addressing regional and global terrorism.” (Media Research Center)Senator Inhoffe then called on President Obama to craft a new “national security strategy” in cooperation with our allies around the world to address this potential threat and protect lives.
“To protect this nation, first and foremost the President needs to lay out a national security strategy, which he has failed to do in recent years, and end sequestration so that we can provide the necessary resources to achieve that strategy. The United States must redouble its efforts to ensure our Embassies and our borders are protected and secured through fully supporting our military and law enforcement authorities. Finally, we must work with our allies to prevent future attacks and protect our homeland.” (Media Research Center)The short but powerful speech, hand in hand with recent events in other free nations around the globe, has prompted even some of the more liberal leaning news outlets to ask the question, “Will President Obama listen?”
Since October 2014 and the killing of a Canadian soldier on Canadian soil by radical jihad followers, many Capitol Hill leaders have been warning of this very issue. The attack in France only punctuated the urgent need to deal with the issue and the global view that our President is unwilling to lead.
Surprisingly, some of his staunchest critics come from unlikely sources. Senator Dianne Feinstein stated, “The police and the military have to be on guard,” to CNN in October and warned terror attacks were coming. Texas GOP Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called these attacks a view in showing how effective the ISIS Internet campaign truly is in late October. The US State Department released a statement on January 9, 2015 warning of more terror attacks.
Will President Obama give up trying to avoid the problem of these radical Islamic terror groups, refusing to name them even as he condemns the French attacks, and actually listen to Congress and his own State Department?
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