Now that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has sent its "second message to America" by claiming the life of another American journalist and has successfully recruited a number of American citizens to join its fight, more Democratic members of Congress are criticizing President Barack Obama for his lack of leadership and strategy in defeating the terrorist group.
While Republicans and conservatives have been speaking out in droves against the Obama administration's lack of urgency in dealing with the jihadist militants in the last month, a number of Democrats have come out in the last few days to criticize Obama for not yet putting together a concrete plan to defeat ISIS, also know as ISIL or the Islamic State.
Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., criticized the president on NBC's Meet The Press on Sunday for being "too cautious" and warned that in all her years on the Intelligence Committee she has never seen a non-state actor provide such a serious threat. There is "good reason," she said, for the president, his staff, and all involved to start devising an approach to tackle the ISIS threat before they jeopardize countries like Jordan and Lebanon. more >>
Iraqi born pastor Jalil Dawood of the Arabic Church of Dallas, who, along with other Christian leaders will be holding a rally on Sept. 14 in support of Iraqis who are being persecuted by the Islamic State, says there are five things Americans can do today to help their brothers and sisters in Christ.
"What Americans can do today is write to their representatives and tell them the U.S. government needs to take more aggressive action toward the Islamic State, because this group is not only a threat to Iraq, it's a threat to America, eventually. And we need to deal with them now, before it's too late," Dawood told The Christian Post.
"I heard the president say last week that he doesn't have a strategy. Well, ISIS' strategy is to kill us. Their strategy is to convert us and kill us," he asserted. more >>
A strong majority of Americans are worried after President Barack Obama admitted last Thursday that the United States does not have a strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A majority of Americans also deem ISIS to be a "serious threat" to the United States.
A Rasmussen poll released Tuesday found that 67 percent of likely American voters consider ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, to be a "serious threat" to the U.S., while 73 percent said they are "concerned" that the U.S. does not have a strategy yet to deal with the terrorists. Forty-seven percent said they are "very concerned" by the president's admittance of a lack of strategy. Only four percent of those polled said they are "not concerned at all."
The poll of 1,000 likely voters had a margin of error of plus or minus three percent. more >>
President Barack Obama vowed that the United States will not be intimidated by terror group ISIS, despite the release of a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, and stated that the objective is to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic militants.
"Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget ... that our reach is long and that justice will be served," Obama said on Wednesday, according to CNN.
The president also clarified previous comments where he suggested that his administration has no strategy on ISIS, noting that he was referring to military strategy in Syria. more >>
High-level intelligence officials and federal law enforcement are saying that terrorist attacks might be "imminent" for Texas cities and towns located near the U.S.-Mexico border as it's believed the jihadists are already operating in a Mexican border town.
The unnamed officials told Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, that there's good reason to believe Islamic State terrorists are operating in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez, and are planning to use the border to gain entry into the U.S. to carry out their attacks.
Juarez is located just over 8 miles from El Paso, and is a hotbed for violent and narcotic crimes and has been linked to the Islamic militant group, Hezbollah, in previous years. Officials claim that Islamic State jihadists might be setting up shop in Juarez, and plan to attack using car bombs and other vehicle-born improvised explosive devices. more >>
Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney slammed President Barack Obama on Sunday for not taking any action after receiving intelligence regarding the rise ISIS in Syria over a year ago.
Romney told John Catsimatidis on his radio show on WNYM in New York, called The Cats Roundtable, that had Obama acted upon intelligence reports that highlighted a strong presence of varying jihadist rebel terrorist groups' efforts in Syria, it could have prevented groups like ISIS from seizing cities in Iraq, a country the United States fought to liberate for over a decade.
"Those mistakes were made and now we have ISIS. Almost a year ago, American intelligence sources told the president that there was a group forming called ISIS … and there was significant chance that they would go into Iraq and invade a city there," Romney said. "The president failed to take action. He watched. We saw ISIS roll into Iraq. Instead of attacking them immediately and not knocking them in their convoy, when it would have been easy to knock down, the president again watched. Now we are in a position where ISIS has run throughout major portions of Iraq. There have been horrific human rights abuses, tragedies including those upon American journalists. Now we are in a difficult position." more >>