The brutal terrorist organization known as ISIS or ISIL, made up of former al Qaeda fighters, has renamed itself the Islamic State. The name "Islamic State" is self-explanatory and was chosen based on the group's goal of establishing a caliphate by conquering as much land in the middle east and around the world as possible, beheading and killing anyone standing in their way.
Regardless of the terrorist group's own classification and stated goals to implement and maintain an Islamist caliphate going back years, the Obama administration wasn't worried about the "absurd" concept and had no plans to stop it from happening according to then White House Counter-Terrorism Advisor and current CIA Secretary John Brennen. From 2011:
"Our strategy is also shaped by deeper understanding of al Qaeda’s goals, strategy, and tactics over the past decade. I’m not talking about al Qaeda’s grandiose vision of global domination through a violent Islamic caliphate. That vision is absurd, and we are not going to organize our counter-terrorism policies against a feckless delusion that is never going to happen. We are not going to elevate these thugs and their murderous aspirations into something larger than they are," Brennen said.
Sounds a lot like the administration treated these guys like a junior varsity team...
Brennen argued the administration's goal was to have "a deeper understanding of al Qaeda's goals," yet ignored the greatest goal of all: an Islamic caliphate. We're seeing the caliphate happen now. In fact, ISIS just started issuing caliphate/Islamic State passports.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly issued Islamic State passports as the group expressed desire to expand its territory in Middle East, parts of Asia and Europe.
The group has also threatened to to raise the jihadist flag over Downing Street and the White House.
The introduction of passports by ISIS is believed to be part of the group’s ongoing campaign of psychological warfare, with experts saying that the passports are little more than a symbolic gesture.
Photos of the passports based on the black jihadist flag flown by ISIS terrorists with inscription “State of the Islamic Caliphate” at the top of the passport, were circulated on social media websites.
As another reminder, this is the same administration that argued al Qaeda was "on the run" in 2012 while it was actually spreading. These are dangerous times and the administration has done very little to show Americans they take the threats and goals of al Qaeda/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State terrorists seriously.
"Our message to the entire world is that we are the soldiers of the Caliphate state and we are coming."
H/T Weekly Standard