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Ben Carson on Obama Terrorism Speech: 'Not Inspiring Any Confidence'


By    |   Thursday, 17 December 2015 07:37 PM

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told Newsmax TV Thursday that President Barack Obama was "not inspiring any confidence" among Americans in his strategy to defeat the Islamic State "because he talks but we're not seeing the action."

"The fact of the matter is our military is actually quite competent," the retired pediatric neurosurgeon told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "If you gave them a mission and you didn't tie one hand behind their back, believe me, if you give them what they need, they'll get it done."

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Obama said Wednesday that intelligence officials had no specific, credible information suggesting a potential terrorist attack against the United States and encouraged Americans to be vigilant this holiday season.

The San Bernardino shooting rampage, in which a married couple with ties to radical Islam killed 14 people and injured 22, came the week after Thanksgiving.

Obama said that the threat of terrorism had evolved to include smaller groups or individuals, making detection harder. The U.S. was constantly "upping our game" to match the new threats, he said.

Carson, whose position has slipped in recent polls, slammed the president's speech as being too vague.

"It'd be nice if he would be more specific about the terrorists who are trying to attack us," he told Hayworth. "I don't think he actually mentioned who they are. He's been at this for a while."

He reiterated his call for a declaration of war against ISIS, saying that "this is nothing to play around with.

"We need to recognize that we are at war. Also, once that form of declaration of war has been declared, anybody aiding and abetting them will be a traitor and will be treated as such.

"That makes a big difference," Carson said.

Carson responded to attacks on his inexperience with national security and foreign affairs by telling Hayworth that he called for several strategies against ISIS last year that are now being touted by his rivals.

"I've been calling for taking back the caliphate for over a year," he said. "I've been talking about taking the oil back from them for over a year — many of the things that other people are just now starting to talk about.

"I am continuing to learn a great deal about it. I don't think there's anybody running who's a foreign-policy expert, to be honest with you, but the fact of the matter is one of the things that you do is you assemble the right kind of people."

He also refused to rule out executing someone who has been convicted of treason against the United States, which is allowed under federal law.

"That certainly is not something that I would take off the table," Carson told Hayworth. "It doesn't say that you have to execute them.

"It says that it is one of the tools that is available to us."

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told Newsmax TV Thursday that President Barack Obama was "not inspiring any confidence" among Americans in his strategy to defeat the Islamic State "because he talks but we're not seeing the action."
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