To The Daily Sun,
Just weeks before ISIS took Mosul and Ramadi, Obama called them the "jayvee team"; just hours before the terror attack in Paris, Obama said ISIS was "contained"; Just days before the ISIS attack in San Bernardino, California, President Obama said the group didn't pose a threat to the homeland; and ... if you like your health insurance you can keep your health insurance.
ISIS continues to gain strength. The number of foreign fighters traveling to Syria to fight for ISIS's cause has doubled in the past 18 months. Top military brass and politicians on Capitol Hill have roundly criticized our strategy; or lack thereof, to defeat or "contain" them. There's belief in one's ideology and then there's reality.
Now, the Donkeys and Elephants on Capitol Hill are demanding the president deliver a coherent strategy to defeat ISIS. House Speaker Paul Ryan is working to force the president into a response on the issue. Many Donkeys voted with Elephants, in the face of the president's veto threat, for a bill requiring him to present a comprehensive strategy to eliminate ISIS.
The administration needs to stop playing politics with our national security. The administration needs to get serious about defeating, not containing, radical Islamic terrorism. Reps. Steve Israel, Adam Schiff and Senators Dianne Feinstein, Bill Nelson have expressed not only concern, but alarm over the president's lack of strategy and his naive rhetoric on the threat posed by Islamic terrorism.
In a time when extreme partisanship is the norm, Speaker Ryan has managed to corner the president, using members of the president's own party, on this issue. Ryan has been able to do so because this is an issue that is a top concern of the American people.
The Donkey presidential candidates are busy campaigning on platform that amounts to who can give away more "free" stuff that taxpayers will have to pay for. The Elephants are battling about national security, immigration and the economy.
Terrorism rivals the economy as the most important issue to Americans in the 2016 presidential election. Primaries open in two months. The general election is less than a year out. More people are paying attention to the contest at this point ... than in any race going back nearly 30 years ... for a reason. One party is responding to what is going on in the real world and the other is chasing a Fabian Utopia.
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