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James Carafano: 63 Foiled Terror Plots in US Since 9/11 and More to Come

By    |   Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:48 AM

The threat of terrorist attacks on the United States has been a constant since 9/11 — with 63 known foiled plots — but President Barack Obama’s hands-off foreign policy has resulted in an uptick, according to Heritage Foundation national security expert James Carafano, who appeared Thursday on "America’s Forum."

"It's always been there," Carafano told the Newsmax TV program. "People haven't been paying attention to it. Globally, the threat of transnational terrorism has been up ticking since about 2012, and this is something people really don't talk about and really miss it, and particularly with all the Bush bashing."

The trend lines of global terrorism, according to Carafano, began rising under President Bill Clinton because "we just weren't paying attention to the threat that bin Laden represented and that organizational structure that was putting together, that started with the embassy bombings in North Africa."

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The threat spiked after 9/11, and ballooned in Iraq, he said.

"Beginning about 2005, 2006, the global terrorism trends really started to go down. We really stated to crunch down on the al-Qaida network and we were disillusioning the movement kind of worldwide, and that trend was going down," he said.

"Then what happened is we dramatically shifted counterterrorism strategy under President Obama at about 2010, 2011, and we started to see that creep back up.

"So the reality is the global terrorist threat today, the infrastructure, the activity that's out there is higher than it was when the president came into office," Carafano said. "I largely attribute that to the policies that America put into place. I don't think ISIS [Islamic State] would be running around the Middle East today if we'd made smarter decisions in 2011 and 2012."

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In addition to the Boston Marathon bombing and the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, by a radicalized American solder, there have been scores of other foiled plots, according to Carafano.

"That we know of, this is just the unclassified information, at least 63 Islamist-inspired terrorist plots that have been aimed at killing people on American soil since 9/11," he said. "So when somebody comes to me and says, well the terrorists are trying to get us, it's like, dude, they have never stopped."

He called the White House summit on terrorism a "joke," and said it’s "incredibly ludicrous" for the State Department spokeswoman to say better job opportunities would thwart would-be jihadists.

"We have lots of poor nations that have never produced a single terrorist," he said. "We have lots of massively huge Muslim nations that produce almost no terrorists. So the president's whole conference over the last few days was a global embarrassment.

"We defined the mission so narrowly as getting bin Laden and his buddies, and then we withdrew from Iraq and we created a huge opportunity for the terrorists to get back in the game."

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