ISIS is not a typical enemy. They do not host battles merely to conquer land; their aim is to destroy the “infidels,” those with whom they disagree. This battle is not confined to lines on a map. No borders contain the carnage. They fight in the Middle East but are also equally committed to committing terrorist attacks in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Western world.
President Obama rebuts criticism of his pathetic foreign policy by citing strategic bombing campaigns of ISIS strongholds. It’s an empty gesture, however, as Obama’s military often gives 45-minute warnings to targets before strikes to ensure that civilians are out of harm’s way (and to allow the enemy to vacate and live to fight another day).
As the Western world opens their borders to influxes of refugees from the Islamic world, those who object to the obvious security breach are shouted-down as Islamophobes and derided as bigots. Meanwhile, terrorists continue to flood-into the West, giddy at the realization of just how easy we are making their nefarious endeavors.
On Thursday, CIA Director John Brennan revealed that those of us who have grave concerns about the terrorist threats are spot-on as he testified that the CIA knows that ISIS is using the influx of refugees to infiltrate the West.
Brennan said, “Unfortunately, despite all of our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the groups terrorism capability and global reach. The resources needed for terrorism are modest. The group would have to suffer even heavier losses on territory, manpower and money for the terrorist capacity to decline significantly. Moreover, the group’s foreign branches and global networks can help preserve the capacity for terrorism regardless of events in Iraq and Syria. In fact, as the pressure mounts on ISIL, we judge it will intensify its global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda.”
He continued, “Since at least 2014, ISIL has been working to build an apparatus to direct and inspire attacks against its foreign enemies, resulting in hundreds of casualties. The most prominent examples are the attacks in Paris and Brussels, which we assess were directed by ISIL’s leadership. We judge that ISIL is training and attempting to deploy for operatives further attacks. ISIL has a large cadre of western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West. The group is probably exploring a variety of means for infiltrating operatives into the West, including in refugee flows, smuggling routes and legitimate methods of travel. Furthermore, as we have seen in Orlando, San Bernardino and elsewhere, ISIL is attempting to inspire attacks by sympathizers who have no direct links to the group. Last month, for example, a senior ISIL figure publicly urged the group’s followers to conduct attacks in their home countries if they were unable to travel to Syria and Iraq. At the same time, ISIL is gradually cultivating the global network of branches into a more interconnected global organization.”
Put another way: all those warnings from conservatives about the dangers posed by ISIS and other Islamic extremists are exactly spot-on.
Every second spent disregarding the very-serious threat posed by ISIS and other militant groups is a second used by ISIS to gather strength from our national idiocy and weakness.
When even Obama’s CIA Director confirms our worst fears, it’s time for the discussion to end. It’s time for America to take this threat seriously before it’s too late.