Barack Obama thinks ISIS is not an existential threat to the United States even as California beefs up security over a possible impending attack. He believes they do not have a “vision” that people find attractive, even as they expand throughout the globe and count hundreds and sometimes thousands of new recruits each week. He’s wrong. They are an existential threat and they have a vision that appeals to people – The Dream of the Caliphate.
Hooshang Amirahmadi, a Rutgers University professor and Middle East expert sees ISIS as a “cancerous political virus rather than a serious military force.”
“It will spread anywhere in the world where downtrodden or humiliated Muslims live,” he said. “While it can and will be defeated militarily, even then it will not disappear. It will just re-emerge in different forms.”
Professor Amirahmadi is correct but he’s wrong in limiting their reach. ISIS plans to attack us here in the United States and they dream of a caliphate that comprises America. While that may not happen, they are expanding throughout the globe, most recently into Yemen.
We should defeat them militarily and let them do their dreaming from small hovels and caves, not from entire countries.
U.S. counterterrorism officials are increasingly concerned that the Islamic State is growing in popularity far beyond its self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria and Iraq, with its philosophy “metastasizing” thousands of miles across the Muslim world, from West Africa to Central Asia, according to NBC News online Sunday.
ISIS plotted up to seven car bombings in Riyadh on Friday and on Monday, ISIS’ media arm released a video showing operatives executing two groups of prisoners in opposite ends of Ethiopia being executed, all Ethiopian Christians, in Libya, suggesting they are operating throughout Libya. Last Saturday, ISIS claimed credit for a suicide bombing outside the New Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
In a newly-released video, ISIS is claiming to have established an official presence in Yemen.
Wearing matching uniforms and bearing AKM-S assault rifles , the militants in the video pledge allegiance to ISIS and call their new group “Soldiers of the Caliphate in Yemen.”
Their mission is to kill Houthis.
Al Qaeda already has a strong presence in Yemen.
Both ISIS and Al Qaeda view Shia as heretics.
“We have come to Yemen, with men hungry for your blood to avenge the Sunnis and take back the land they have occupied,” a militant warned in the video.
Eight months ago, ISIS threatened in a video to “drown” Americans “in blood”.
Meanwhile, intercepted chatter and other intelligence information has led the FBI to believe ISIS or ISIS sympathizers might be preparing an attack in California and they are beefing up security, particularly around airports though they have no idea where the attack is planned.
A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson declined Saturday to talk about specifics, but spoke about security measures in general.
Last February, Barack Obama doubled down on his jayvee comments. He said they don’t have a vision that appeals to people. He simply doesn’t get it or won’t get it.
…What I do insist on is that we maintain a proper perspective and that we do not provide a victory to these terrorist networks by overinflating their importance and suggesting in some fashion that they are an existential threat to the United States or the world order…
And if we do that effectively, then ultimately these terrorist organizations will be defeated because they don’t have a vision that appeals to ordinary people. It is — it really is, as has been described in some cases, a death cult, or an entirely backward looking fantasy that can’t function in the world…
..When you look at ISIL, it has no governing strategy. It can talk about sitting up the new caliphate but nobody is under any illusions that they can actually, you know, sustain or feed people or educate people or organize a society that would work. And so we can’t give them the victory of overinflating what they do, and we can’t make the mistake of being reactive to them. We have to have a precise strategy in terms of how to defeat them.