In a rare exhibition of bi-partisanship, both sides of the political aisle are demanding President Obama cease and desist in his plans to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in the US. With Europe moving to restore borders, enforce immigration controls, and bar refugees from reaching Europe, 20 US governors informed the President that their states would not accept Syrian refugees.
Many lawmakers as well as Americans are questioning whether the President is even on the same page as his intelligence advisors and public sentiment with regard to the recent spat of ISIS-led attacks on the West.
The latest attack in Paris caused the French to impose martial law and curfews, while Obama negotiates the transfer of thousands of un-vetted refugees to the US. As Army General Mike Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency recently stated, “stop, step-back and reassess.” General Flynn handed the president his resignation because the President refused to read the labor-intensive intelligence reports 16 intelligence agencies compile on a daily basis.
Over the past seven years the president has been criticized by multiple media outlets for missing more than half of his daily intelligence briefings, it seems increasingly clear that he is “going it alone” with his own assessments of the threats to the US homeland and its allies posed by Obama’s so called jayvee ISIS terrorists.
Of course the flip side of doing little to nothing is full-scale war, something Americans don’t have the appetite for either. The usual suspects inside the beltway see an opportunity to re-inflate defense spending and return to the Middle East in force. But according to Army Colonel (ret) Douglas Macgregor, “If we commit large ground forces to the Middle East with the goal of defeating or destroying ISIL (the Islamic State)” the results will include all of the following:
First, it would provide a temporary, rather than a permanent setback to Sunni Islamism. Sunni Islamist fighters will retreat into Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa. We forget that without the tacit and active support of Turkish President Erdogan and his supporters in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, ISIL could not exist.
Second, we will yet again ensure the expansion and consolidation of Iranian-Shiite strategic power and influence from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean. Our intervention in Iraq created an Iranian Satellite in Baghdad. This time we would end up working with the Russians to ensure Iran controls all of Mesopotamia.
Third, like the French, our first action should involve the closing of our borders, not the invasion of the Middle East. Given that our borders are open, immigration (legal and illegal) is uncontrolled and (if) unchecked no change will occur in the conditions inside the United States that foster criminality and terrorism.
In addition Macgregor suggests, “that as long as Sunni Islamist leaders in Turkey, KSA and Qatar provide the support and pathways for recruits that brought ISIL to life in the first place nothing will fundamentally change. Moreover, if we do intervene on the ground, assuming we find anything before it flees into neighboring Arab states and Anatolia, we stand an excellent chance of securing Mesopotamia for Iran and its strategic partner Russia. Since we did accomplish that already in Baghdad, I am unconvinced we should repeat the mistake in the rest of the region.”
Instead, Col Macgregor thinks America should secure its borders, enforce Federal immigration law, and halt immigration (legal and illegal) until US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) can find out who is in the United States. “Right now, we just don’t know,” he said. “We have at least 30 million illegals including large numbers of Muslims and Chinese. How many are agents that wish to steal intellectual property or pursue cyber terrorism? How many Chinese and Latino girls are in brothels managed by organized crime? What we do know is that we now have Muslim communities inside the US where the population wants to substitute Muslim holidays for Federal Holidays and Sharia law for the Constitution. I strongly suggest we deal with these internal problems first.”
And yet another scenario involves the NATO allies. French President Francois Hollande clearly stated that the attacks on Paris represented an act of war and he could invoke Article 5 of the NATO charter, which means if one ally is attacked they all declare war on the enemy and in this case that enemy is ISIS.
This seems like the prevailing choice remaining on the table because the terror group has managed to hold onto large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq. Plus they have demonstrated their strength by launching several terrorist attacks outside their operational control. The terrorist attacks in Turkey (Oct), the Russian airliner over the Sinai Peninsula (Nov), the Beirut Lebanon twin bombing terror strikes (Nov) and now the Paris terrorist attacks all happened in the last 30 days.
“We are facing an act of war organized by an army of terrorist jihadists that had already organized and planned attacks in the past,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said at a press conference. “Five attacks have been thwarted since this summer. But we have always said that there is no such thing as zero risk. We have always said that France could face new terrorist attacks.”
Adding fuel to the terror fire was an arrest last week in Germany. After reviewing the arrest details the German authorities concluded the man was most likely tied to the Paris attacks. “If someone is transporting several Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and explosives, that could be someone from a serious criminal background,” Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann told BR News. “But there is a strong suspicion that this is about terrorist purposes… based on the man’s mobile phone and his GPS system, there are clear indications that he wanted to travel to France,” Herrmann explained.
Perhaps most striking was President Obama’s ambivalence during a Q&A at the G20 Summit in Turkey earlier today. The US president referred to the Paris attack “killers with fantasies of glory and a good grasp of social media,” hardly the words world intelligence communities are using. Unlike Mr. Obama, French leader Hollande said the policy of containment is not working, and a new sense of urgency is afoot especially with the growing Middle East refugee crisis.
Watch Kimberly’s San Diego 6 News TV segment here.
Check back tomorrow for part two-KD