In a startling testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper explained that ISIL has become the “preeminent global terrorist threat,” even surpassing Al-Qaeda.
“ISIL’s leaders are determined to strike the U.S. homeland beyond inspiring homegrown extremist attacks,” said Clapper. “ISIL, including it’s eight established and several more emerging branches, has become the preeminent global terrorist threat. They’ve attempted or conducted scores of attacks outside of Syria and Iraq in the past 15 months.”
Clapper continued: “ISIL’s leaders are determined to strike the U.S. homeland beyond inspiring homegrown extremist attacks. Although the U.S. is a much harder target than Europe, ISIL external operations remain the critical factor in our threat assessment for 2016.”
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These remarks come as a stark contrast to President Barack Obama’s casual dismal of ISIL over the course of his presidency. From his initial assessment of ISIL being a “J.V. team” back in 2014 to his comments in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks in November of 2015, one might say Obama seems to routinely underestimate the threat of ISIL.
Perhaps his most sudden dismissal of ISIL came just hours before the San Bernardino attacks where 14 Americans lost their lives to ISIL-affiliated shooters. Yet even as recently as January of 2016, during his State of the Union address, Obama again downplayed ISIL, claiming it “does not threaten our national existence.”
In comparison to Obama’s past and current statements regarding ISIL, these revelations apparently show the stunning level of contradiction between what Obama tells the public and how things actually are.
h/t: The Daily Caller
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