Thirteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists attacked the United States. Since that tragic day, we have been engaged in a war on terror. Through the sacrifices of countless brave men and women in uniform and the work of our intelligence agencies, many of those responsible for the 9-11attacks have been brought to justice, including its mastermind, Osama bin Laden.
This led some to prematurely declare victory over terrorism, even at the highest levels of our government.
Now ISIS has reminded us that the world remains a dangerous place. Through their horrific actions – including the barbaric beheadings of American journalists and Iraqi men, women, and children – ISIS has demonstrated that the threat continues. In fact, some experts believe the danger from terrorism is as great as it has been at any point since before 9/11. That threat requires a strong response.
First, we must develop a comprehensive and robust strategy to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, no matter where it appears or what name it goes by. By not having such a plan in place for ISIS and by dismissing them as the "JV team" rather than the serious national security threat they are – as the President did earlier this year – the United States has been put in a very difficult situation in Iraq and Syria. I'm pleased that the President has now taken steps to develop and implement a new strategy, and I look forward to learning more about how he plans to put his words into action and achieve the objectives he set out in his recent speech before the nation.