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Chuck Hagel: ‘ISIS Is Beyond Anything We Have Seen’

From Reuters:

Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen’: Pentagon

By Missy Ryan | August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

"They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon…

Asked if the hardline Sunni Muslim organization posed a threat to the United States comparable to that of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Hagel said it was "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group we have seen."

"They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of … military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we’ve seen."

So why have Obama and Hagel gutted our military? Why have they denounced the global war on terror?

Hagel spoke as the United States continued attacking Islamic State targets in Iraq. In the past two weeks, U.S. drones and fighter jets have conducted 89 airstrikes against militant targets in northern Iraq…

Pin pricks. If we were serious about this threat, we would be carpet bombing.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff… Dempsey suggested Islamic State would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in areas of Syria under militant control.

"This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of- days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated," Dempsey said.

"To your question, can they be defeated without addressing that part of their organization which resides in Syria? The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a non-existent border."

Much like our border to the south.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 22nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Chuck Hagel: ‘ISIS Is Beyond Anything We Have Seen’”

  1. captstubby says:

    On-the-Run Terrorist Group ISIS Seizes Non-Existent Stockpile of WMDs in the ‘Over’ Iraq War
    Kyle Becker
    The Iraq War is supposed to be “ended,” or so the administration claimed, but the heavily armed “terrorist army” ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) is rampaging through Iraq and has taken control of a chemical weapons complex. The Telegraph reports:
    The jihadist group bringing terror to Iraq overran a Saddam Hussein chemical weapons complex on Thursday, gaining access to disused stores of hundreds of tonnes of potentially deadly poisons including mustard gas and sarin.
    Isis invaded the al-Muthanna mega-facility 60 miles north of Baghdad in a rapid takeover that the US government said was a matter of concern.
    The facility was notorious in the 1980s and 1990s as the locus of Saddam’s industrial scale efforts to develop a chemical weapons development programme.
    As reports have stated before, there were “wmds” in Iraq, but there has been dispute over how dangerous they were, and speculation that the most toxic and potent chemical weapons were smuggled to Syria. About that:
    Isis has shown ambitions to seize and use chemical weapons in Syria leading experts to warn last night that the group could turn to improvised weapons to carry out a deadly attack in Iraq.
    Even CNN reported that these chemical weapons were still “dangerous.” Wait, wasn’t that the rationale for the Iraq invasion? Preventing terrorist groups like the Sunni extremists in ISIS from getting their hands on wmds? Even old chemical weapons containing mustard or sarin could be improvised for explosive devices.
    The State Department’s spokesperson Jen Psaki commented on the situation: “We remain concerned about the seizure of any military site by the ISIL. We do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials.”
    President Obama inherited a relatively stabilized Iraq, and needed only broker agreements with the provisional Iraq government to secure national interests and utilize military assets to prevent or disrupt the further rise of terrorist movements. So by what standard is the Iraq War “over,” and how is the current situation a reflection of the administration’s “success“?

    “We’ve decimated al Qaeda’s top leadership in the border regions around Pakistan, but in Yemen, in Libya, in other of these places – increasingly in places like Syria – what you see is these elements that don’t have the same capacity that a bin Laden or core al Qaeda had, but can still cause a lot of damage, and we’ve got to make sure that we remain vigilant and are focused on preventing them from doing us any harm.” — Obama at the University of Miami on Sept. 20, 2012.

    Did Obama Declare Terrorist Threat ‘Gone’?
    June 20, 2014

    In an interview on Fox News, former Vice President Dick Cheney went too far with his claim that President Obama “has stated repeatedly the terrorist threat is gone.”
    To be sure, Obama, at times, has declared al Qaeda to be “on the run,” “decimated” and “on their heels” — all phrases, not incidentally, used by Cheney or his former boss, President George W. Bush, to describe al Qaeda. But Obama and Bush typically followed up those declarations with warnings that terrorism remains a threat, not only from al Qaeda but its affiliates and other extremists.
    On the campaign trail in 2012, Obama wasn’t always as quick with qualifiers about the continuing threat from al Qaeda and its affiliates. For example, at a campaign event in Miami on Oct. 11, Obama said simply, “Today, al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.”
    Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, was asked about that comment during a press conference on Aug. 5, 2013. Carney responded that “the President has been clear, that the threat from al Qaeda very much remains.”
    – Robert Farley, with Lauren Shapiro and Carolyn Fante

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