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Sen. Ron Johnson: Wipe Out ISIS with Ground Troops — Now

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 04:54 PM

The deadly shootout at a Texas art show exhibiting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad — an attack the Islamic State (ISIS) takes credit for — is proof positive the United States must send ground troops to the Middle East and crush the vicious terror group, Sen. Ron Johnson tells Newsmax TV.

Johnson, chairman of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee, said it's unclear if ISIS is behind the attack in which two gunmen opened fire at a security guard before being shot dead, but he told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Tuesday: "Whether they were directly working for ISIS and complying with their orders, let's face it, the fact [is] that ISIS is not being dramatically degraded and certainly not being defeated."

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"As long as al-Qaida isn't losing, they're going to be perceived as winning and they're going to continue to inspire these types of activities, these types of violent events, this type of terrorism in the West and in the United States.

"So from my standpoint, we need to be far more committed to the goal that President [Barack] Obama … [will] degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS, the sooner the better."

And that commitment, according to Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who is also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, means boots on the ground, which Obama has been reluctant to do. Nor does Johnson believe he will.
"He took off the table … the very actions … he would probably need to actually defeat ISIS, which would be boots on the ground," Johnson said.

"It was a historic strategic blunder of not leaving a stabilizing force behind in Iraq to provide the stability, to be the glue that held that fragile coalition together that allowed ISIS to rise from the ashes of what was a defeated al-Qaida.

"I do not see the commitment. He says the right words. He lays out the right goal. Degrade and defeat. But the problem is this president's understanding, his interpretation, his definition of defeat is not what normal Americans would view as defeat. Like actually killing them and wiping them off the face of the Earth."

Johnson admitted that sending ground troops to battle the soldiers of ISIS is not an easy decision.

"Nobody wants to send the finest among us to fight for our freedoms, to fight for our safety and security. But the fact of the matter is we didn't announce this war," he said.

"Radical Islam, Islamic terrorists declared war on us back in the '90s and we ignored it at our own peril. The result was 9/11 and … this strategy of peace through withdrawal has been a miserable failure."

On its online radio station, ISIS announced that "two soldiers of the caliphate" had launched the Sunday attack in Garland, a suburb of Dallas. It is the first time ISIS has claimed credit for an attack in the U.S.

Roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi of Phoenix were killed by a police officer after they began shooting with assault rifles in a parking lot outside the art show.

The event consisted of an exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as well as a drawing contest. Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad are considered blasphemous.
Johnson said his Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday called "Jihad 2.0."

"We're going to have witnesses talking about how ISIS is using in a … very effective way… social media to recruit and inspire this kind of activity," Johnson said.

"One of our witnesses will be talking about the fact that our best guess is there are about 46,000 overt ISIS supporter accounts on Twitter. The highest is about 90,000.

"Now think of that, 46,000 to 90,000 overt ISIS supporter accounts on Twitter. We're always looking for a needle in the haystack. The problem is the haystack is getting bigger and there are a whole lot more needles out there."

The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State has been on a brutal campaign to wipe out Christians, and has beheaded countless numbers of them over the past year.

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