I feel for the French. I remember how I felt on 9/11, and for quite a while afterwards. Following the terror attacks in Paris, I feel that way again. Only now I am far less optimistic that our leaders will do what is necessary to protect us and to defeat the evil doers.
Yesterday morning before the Daesh terror attack on Paris, ABC broadcast part of an interview with President Obama in which he says we have contained ISIL:
I don’t think they’re gaining strength, What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.
No, we don't see a "systemic march by ISIL across the terrain." We see a horrific terror attack in Paris after an ongoing Islamic invasion of Europe, which Obama wants to extend here by transporting tens of thousands of Syrian War "refugees" to the U.S.
We could see this coming. In February DAESH (Islamic State) threatened to send 500,000 migrants to Europe as a psychological weapon to cause chaos. We saw it first in Greece as the migrants started landing on Greek islands, in all sorts of water craft, after hundreds had died trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. Shortly thereafter it was the chaos in Calais as thousands of the migrants tried to storm their way into the Chunnel to get to Britain. Next the migrants began to storm police lines to cross into Macedonia from Greece. Then by the hundreds of thousands they continued to break all kinds of barriers and go wherever they choose. Instead of intercepting the so-called refugees at sea and returning them to their point of origin, European leaders welcomed them.
Today I read that U.S. political reaction to the Paris terror attack is split along party lines. According to NPR's Domenico Montanaro, Democrats' responses were generally to thoughts and prayers policy specific intimating that what's being done — and been done in the past seven years by President Obama — to keep the country safe is not enough:
They [Republicans] are calling for increased U.S. footprint in the Middle East, including "boots on the ground," a halting of plans to increase the numbers of Syrian refugees to the U.S., and an increase in the role of the National Security Agency in surveillance and intelligence-gathering capabilities.
Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz has the best response. In the statement he issued in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris he suggested the following:
- Consult closely with our NATO allies who may be targeted for additional attacks.
- Immediately declare a halt to any plans to bring refugees that may have been infiltrated by ISIS to the United States.
- Redouble our efforts to prevent ISIS agents from penetrating our nation by other means.
- Recognize that our enemy is not 'violent extremism.' It is the radical Islamism that has declared jihad against the west. It will not be appeased by outreach or declarations of tolerance. It will not be deterred by targeted airstrikes with zero tolerance for civilian casualties, when the terrorists have such utter disregard for innocent life.
- Make it crystal clear that affiliation with ISIS and related terrorist groups brings with it the undying enmity of America—that it is, in effect, signing your own death warrant.
You can read the full Cruz statement below.
In an appearance on Fox and Friends this morning, Cruz had more to say about the terrorist attacks in Paris:
These attacks underscore that we are facing an enemy who is fierce, who is relentless, who is at war with us even if our own president does not understand that it is at war with us, and who will not stop until it is defeated. That enemy is radical Islamic terrorism. As long as we have a Commander-in-Chief unwilling to even utter the words radical Islamic terrorism, we will not have a concerted effort to defeat these radicals before they continue to murder more and more innocents, whether Europeans or Israelis or Americans.
Cruz explained more about why we should stop the plans allow Syrian Muslim refugees into the U.S.:
You know President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s idea that we should bring tens of thousands of Syria Muslim refugees to America is nothing less than lunacy. If you look at the early waves of refugees that have flooded into Europe one estimate was that 77 percent of those refugees were young men, that’s a very odd demographic for a refugee wave. The director of national intelligence here in America has said of those refugees in Europe, it is clear that a significant number of them may well be ISIS terrorists.
It makes no sense whatsoever for us to be bringing in refugees who our intelligence cannot determine if they are terrorists here to kill us or not.
Asked whether he would apply military force against ISIS, Cruz replied he would use overwhelming military power against the evil doers:
Let me tell you what that would look like. That would look like number one, using overwhelming military power, particularly air power. You know in the first Persian Gulf War we had roughly 1,100 air attacks a day. Obama right now is doing 15 to 30 attacks a day. It's pinprick, it's photo op foreign policy.
Number two, we should be arming the Kurds. The Kurds are on the ground fighting ISIS. They are fierce allies of ours. They're out armed, and yet they are our the boots on the ground and Obama for political reasons, he doesn't want to upset Baghdad so he won't arm the Kurds.
In a Cruz Administration we would be using overwhelming air power and the Kurds as our boots on the ground, and it would be clear to any militant on the face of the earth if you go and join ISIS, if you wage jihad against America, you're signing your death warrant.
You can watch the entire Cruz on Fox and Friends here. And you can read the full Cruz statement below:
America must stand with our allies against the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism. This is an evil that does not discriminate between French, German or American, Christian, Muslim or Jew, soldier, football player, or concert goer. Their only goal is to murder those who do not submit to their vicious, totalitarian ideology. Our deepest condolences go out to our French allies, and I know the government of the United States stands by to offer any assistance necessary.
We must now face the facts. Between the downing of the Russian jet over Egypt and this massive coordinated attack on Paris, we are seeing an unmistakable escalation of ISIS’ ambitions and the scale of their terrorist attacks outside Syria and Iraq. Even as chaos rages in Paris, we need to take immediate, commonsense steps to preserve our own safety. We need to consult closely with our NATO allies who may be targeted for additional attacks. We need to immediately declare a halt to any plans to bring refugees that may have been infiltrated by ISIS to the United States. We need to redouble our efforts to prevent ISIS agents from penetrating our nation by other means.
Such steps, however, are defensive reactions to an enemy that will continue to try to attack us until they succeed once again. We must immediately recognize that our enemy is not 'violent extremism.' It is the radical Islamism that has declared jihad against the west. It will not be appeased by outreach or declarations of tolerance. It will not be deterred by targeted airstrikes with zero tolerance for civilian casualties, when the terrorists have such utter disregard for innocent life. We must make it crystal clear that affiliation with ISIS and related terrorist groups brings with it the undying enmity of America—that it is, in effect, signing your own death warrant.
We must engage and destroy the radical Islamic evil doers that continue to wage war against us.