British Prime Minister David Cameron may have taken a hard line stance against radical Islamist terrorists, but he "talks big" and "doesn't deliver," Nigel Farage, leader of UK's Independence Party (UKIP), told Newsmax TV
's "America's Forum" on Wednesday.
Cameron has been definitive over the past two weeks in outlining a plan to combat the threat to the UK by the Islamic State (ISIS). After cutting his summer vacation short to deal with the issue, he raised the terror level in the UK to "severe," due to reports of violence by ISIS, and condemned the beheadings of two American journalists.
The prime minister also addressed Parliament on Monday about his plans to bar suspected British jihadists from reentering the country, and on Wednesday, Cameron vowed the Islamic State would be "squeezed out of existence."
"The problem with David Cameron is he's very good at making sound bites," Farage said. "The trouble with David Cameron is he talks big. He doesn't actually deliver."
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Farage said the problem with both Cameron and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was that they acted in the "short term," rather than presenting a "long-term global strategy." He said on both foreign and domestic policy, the UK didn't "quite know where we're going."
While deciding on a response to the threat posed by the Islamic State, Farage suggested the nations around the world "take a little step back," because the situation required some "big thinking."
"I would suggest before we pitch into heavy military action to try and take out ISIS, we think about our long-term goals, because I'm not convinced that (President Barack) Obama or David Cameron, at the moment, have any," he said.
Confusion over policy in the Middle East led to instances in the past, like the one a year ago when Parliament turned down Cameron's request to arm rebels in Syria, Farage said, adding that those rebels had since "morphed into ISIS."
The threat the terrorist group posed to the UK was "serious," Farage said, and estimated there could be as many as 1,000 Brits "fighting with ISIS," whom he feared could reenter the UK.
"My concern is, I don't want these British people who fought out there, who have been further radicalized and brutalized by what they've been part of, I don't want them coming back into my country," he said.
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