Sen. Ron Johnson: Jihadists Coming to US if Obama Doesn't Act

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 11:09 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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If President Barack Obama doesn't come up with a strategy to exterminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the United States is in imminent peril of jihadists blowing up Americans on U.S. soil, Sen. Ron Johnson, a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, warned Thursday on "America's Forum."

"President Obama declared about a year ago that the war on terror is over, it is not over," the Wisconsin Republican said. "ISIS is not war weary. This is a direct threat to the United States and to American citizens and we just saw that in the brutal execution of (American journalist) Jim Foley. We need a president that recognizes the reality, fully engaged, on the job, leading and assembling this coalition of the willing to defeat ISIS."

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Each month, ISIS funnels 30 to 50 suicide bombers into Iraq, according to Johnson, and they are people with western passports, enabling these same people to seamlessly re-enter western nations.

"An Australian and German suicide bomber set themselves off in Baghdad and we've seen the first American suicide bomber set himself off in Syria in May," Johnson said.

ISIS released video this week of a member of the terror group – a man referred to as John -- beheading Foley. That's just the tip of the iceberg, according to Johnson.

"We've seen the brutality, the barbarism of ISIS," he said. "Their diplomacy is beheading. It is crucifixion. When they're not committing mass execution, they're burying people alive, kidnapping women and forcing them into forced marriages. I saw a picture of an ISIS terrorist with his arms around his 7-year-old bride. This is evil. It has to be defeated. It cannot be contained. They are emboldened. They are feeling their strength is growing and they need to be defeated."

Johnson implored Obama to devise a plan to defeat ISIS, a terror organization the senator characterized as "highly organized… highly trained and they patiently executed a strategy to establish this caliphate. Their long term goal is they want to use this caliphate, this territory base, to attack the west."

Obama has waffled on foreign policy and ISIS is capitalizing on the weakness, according to Johnson, who said that Obama has drawn "a red line that has already been crossed."

"The future is won by people who go out and win it," Johnson said. "It is won by people who go defeat evil. It doesn't just happen by itself. I'm looking for a real strategy out of this president beyond just protecting Americans in Baghdad and acting when there's just a humanitarian crisis about to be committed. We need a president that is leading the world that is assembling that coalition that would include western nations and Arab states. We need a president on the job. You mention the president going back to the golf course and it's further evidence of his detachment, his lack of leadership on this issue and this is a moment in time when America sorely needs strong leadership."

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