As I made my way around East Alabama during the District Work Week, one of the issues I heard about the most at my “Congress on Your Corner” events was the threat from the group known as the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL or IS).
Folks were very concerned about the utter brutality shown by this radical terrorist group.
I am very concerned as well.
With the 24/7 news coverage, we are all too familiar with the barbaric actions of this group. They have executed Americans and other innocent individuals from around the world by beheading and even burned a Jordanian pilot alive. Most recently, we learned of the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians. The Islamic State killed them for one reason – because of their faith.
The Islamic State does not play by any rules when it comes to the treatment of the individuals they hold captive. They are a terrorist group who must be stopped and stopped soon.
The Obama Administration is finally starting to give more than lip service to the need for a more coherent strategy to confront the Islamic State. This week, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), which I am a part of, will also hold a full committee hearing focused on the President’s request for Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).
While I believe this request for Authorization is a necessary step in the right direction, it does not outline a well thought out strategy for success. We can’t mistake action for a strategy.
Arab allies like Jordan, Egypt and the UAE are starting to take the fight to the Islamic State. The U.S. should support our allies and deliver the unique brand of American justice to the terrorist group.
What we as Americans must do for now is remain vigilant as we go about our daily routines and remember that we are dealing with a group like we have never dealt with before.
The Islamic State is barbaric and radical, and eliminating this group will not be a short or simple task.
I’d like to hear from you on this or any issue.
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