Tuesday, December 1, 2015

We Must Act Now To Prevent The Next 9/11

9/11 was carried out by 19 men with support from a few Saudi millionaires. They had travel visas but no Western passports, and they killed 2,977 people. Two hundred forty-six of the victims were on four planes, 2,606 victims were in the World Trade Center and 125 victims were at the Pentagon.
Now imagine multiplying the number of terrorists by 2,631.
ISIS has a rotating army of 50,000 training to be killers and terrorists, and then returning to their host countries. They have a daily revenue stream of about $1.2 million a day from oil and criminal activity.
These terrorists are from everywhere. They have U.S., European and other Western passports.
The Obama administration has responded to the Paris attacks by delivering high-value targets to French warplanes. Why didn't we attack these targets years ago?
Most frustrating about this was that ISIS was born under the myopic policies of the Obama administration. The premature withdrawal of U.S. forces in December 2011, coupled with the administration's policy of allowing Iran and Shia institutions to oppress the Sunnis who had previously joined U.S. forces to defeat al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), were ISIS' main recruitment tool.
ISIS' military structure is made up of former officers in Saddam Hussein's army. The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is from the Iraqi city of Samarra.
Missed Opportunities
When the reconstituted AQI initially invaded Iraq from the north, the president had an opportunity to take them out on the open highway like we did on the "60-mile highway of death" from Kuwait City to Baghdad during the closing hours of Operation Desert Storm. This president refused to engage.
When I Googled "ISIS" for the first time, the first image that appeared was that of an eight-year-old girl in her Sunday dress who had been beheaded. Surely, the intelligence reports that President Obama received showed the evil nature and brutal savagery of this enemy.
Read the rest of this Michael Ramirez op-ed HERE.

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