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Rep. Ryan Zinke: Obama's Inaction Emboldens Terrorists

Rep. Ryan Zinke: Obama's Inaction Emboldens Terrorists
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By    |   Friday, 09 January 2015 05:26 PM

Newly elected Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., lays the blame for the deaths of 12 journalists and police in a jihadist attack in Paris at the front door of the White House, and says the Obama administration's approach to worldwide Islamic terrorism is encouraging their brutal actions.

As a former Navy SEAL commander, Zinke "led counter-insurgency and contingency operations in the Persian Gulf and the Pacific theater of operations" and is the first Navy SEAL to serve in Congress, his website says.

"This administration’s inaction and lack of commitment and resolve in fighting ISIS provides fuel for terrorism. It gives them hope that they can win, and it has ramifications worldwide," he told the Washington Free Beacon.

"There’s a reason why we're in retreat everywhere across the globe. This administration has consistently acted from a viewpoint that you can negotiate with terrorism. You cannot negotiate with organizations that are based on an ideology whose core is to destroy the West and America.

"To me there is no doubt: inaction abroad emboldens actions on the home front. They are related."

Zinke, a 23-year Navy veteran, now holds a seat on the House Armed Services Committee and has been no fan of Obama. In fact, during his 2014 campaign, he called for Obama's impeachment.

"He's had six years of doing his will to this country, and I believe that's intentional dismantling of American power both domestically and abroad," Zinke told the Huffington Post. "So, is impeachment in the cards? Let's hope we have the votes."

Zinke opposes Obama's intention to conduct the war against ISIS solely from the air without "boots on the ground," and told the Free Beacon, "You can’t be on the defensive. That offense has to be conducted overseas. We need to act with resolve against ISIS, and Obama needs to act now. It’s going to take troops on the ground: logistics, ammunition, good intelligence gathering. Wars can’t be fought with rhetoric."

Blasting what he termed "the fantasy that ISIS can be contained from the air," Zinke told the Free Beacon that he favors embedding Special Forces with Kurds and Sunni Muslim tribes, and putting U.S. fighting men in Iraq to ensure that U.S. military aid doesn't end up in Islamic State hands.

"When the enemy is willing to behead children, crucify entire villages, and with box cutters put commercial aircraft into buildings, there’s nothing this evil won’t do in pursuit of [its] goal. I think we’re at risk," he told the Free Beacon.

"The West is looking to the United States for leadership, and when no one is at helm here, then no other country [is] going to act with enough force or resolve to put extremist Islamic forces on the defensive," he told the Free Beacon.

"The truth is we face an enemy that is evil and not reformable. You can’t negotiate with them. We have to fight."

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Newly elected Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., lays the blame for the deaths of 12 journalists and police in a jihadist attack in Paris at the front door of the White House, and says the Obama administration's approach to worldwide Islamic terrorism is encouraging their brutal actions.
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