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This does not mean that we should be unconcerned about visitors on visas, border security and refugees (who are vetted extensively for more than a year overseas). It does, however, mean that making this the focus of our fight against Islamic terror is entirely misguided, not to mention politically opportunistic.
We might start with having an effective policy (a policy, even) aimed at destroying the enemy, which gives training and inspiration to terrorists acting on its behalf around the globe. The Hill reports:
The United States has “not contained” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday, contradicting President Obama’s remarks last month about the terror group.“We have not contained” ISIS, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers at a House Armed Services Committee hearing. . . .His remarks were in response to questioning by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) on whether ISIS has been contained at any time since 2010.Dunford added that ISIS posed a threat beyond Iraq and Syria to countries such as Egypt, Nigeria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon and Jordan.
The president has no answer, so he goes to Paris to talk about climate change. Right-wingers pandering to isolationists have no answer, so they talk about immigrants. Maybe we should listen to candidates and elected officials who want to deploy the full assortment of military, economic and intelligence tools at our disposal, ruling out nothing and committing to something more than kicking the can down the road and praying the homeland is not hit.