A ranking member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee is warning that the terrorist group ISIS is developing plans to blow up a major US city.
Jim Inhofe compares ISIS to Al Qaeda
“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe told an Oklahoma City Fox News affiliate. “ISIS, they are really bad terrorists, they’re so bad even Al Qaeda is afraid of them.”
Inhofe said the problem will not be contained in the Middle East. “They’re crazy out there and they’re rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can’t believe that’s happening.”
While the beheading of journalist James Foley has solidified a call for action, few have an appetite for further failed nation building exercises and attempts to build a democratic society.
Airstrikes in Iraq
The Obama Administration has indicated it is prepared to continue airstrikes in Iraq, according to a Wall Street Journal report today. Other reports have indicated a willingness to use limited boot on the ground, in particular special forces surgical attacks.
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was quoted in a New York Times article as saying it might take an incursion into Syria to solve the problem. “This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be defeated,” he said. “Can they be defeated without addressing that part of the organization that resides in Syria? The answer is no.”
The report said US officials are currently working on building a broader international collation to attack the problem as European nations have begun sending limited military supplies to Kurdish fighters who are taking on the ISIS militants. The US is also pressing Arab states to limit funding despite the fact the terrorist organization is said to have a booty of nearly $300 million, much of it gained during its recent conquest of Mosul, Iraq, in which a group of several thousand ISIS fighters, badly outnumbered by Iraqi troops, simply rolled into the city and conquered it as the Iraqi troops fled without much fight.
ISIS issue raised from defense spending cuts
While there appears consensus on both sides of the isle towards increased military action, Inhofe, a Republican, couldn’t help but play Monday morning quarterback and try to garner political points. He indicated the issue was defense spending cuts and President Obama’s decision making.
“He’s [President Obama] going to have to come up with something that we’re going to do because they’re holding another hostage in place and the problem is, the President says all these things and he never does them,” Inhofe said, as he expressed a desire to elect more Republicans to the US Senate in the mid-term elections.