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Paul Bremer: America Must Brace for ISIS Terror on Home Soil

Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 08:03 PM

America is in danger of attack by the Islamic State (ISIS), says Paul Bremer, who served a presidential envoy to Iraq, an ambassador to the Netherlands and chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism.

"All of us are now vulnerable to the kind of one-off attacks we've seen in Belgium and France, and now in Denmark," Bremer said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"We have to expect that some of these guys — the Americans who are over there — will find their way back, because it's hard to weed them out and they travel on American passports.

"And so we're going to have that kind of terrorism. Whether ISIS, at this time, is ready for a large scale kind of an attack, a 9/11 type attack, most of the intelligence suggests not yet," Bremer said.

On the other hand, Bremer added, "our intelligence community completely missed, as my Commission on Terrorism report completely missed, the buildup of Islamic extremism in the 1990s. So we shouldn't be too comfortable."

Bremer said he gave credit to President Barack Obama for re-engaging in the war in Iraq.

"[It was] revived because he made the mistake of pulling our troops out at the end of 2011. That was a tough decision for him and he deserves credit for it," he said.

"[But] the whole process lacks any oomph, largely because of intellectual confusion or ambiguity about what we're dealing with here. He said this still is not unique to any one group. Well, yeah, it actually is.

"The vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists, but all of the serious terrorists are Muslims and the administration can't find a way to say that and my view is you can't have an effective policy unless you're willing to define what your problem is."

Bremer said what Obama doesn’t understand is that the way to take away the legitimacy of the Islamic State is to defeat them militarily.

"It is the fact that they are spreading across North Africa, down in sub-Saharan Africa, across the Arabian Peninsula and throughout the heart of the Middle East," he said.

"That gives them an appeal to these people who want to go because they think they're joining a winning team — even if it was called junior varsity by the president a year ago."

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