The administration can deny that the Islamic State (ISIS) is not at war with America all it wants, but their rhetoric, numerous threats, and recent beheading of an American journalist suggest otherwise. And according to one senator, they’re already developing a plan to blow up a major U.S. city.
It is a serious warning coming from Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe as he warns of the potential of another attack on American soil. The senator sat down with Fox 25 to talk about a variety of topics, but as ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the top issue was national security.
“We're in the most dangerous position we've ever been in as a nation,” Senator Inhofe told Fox 25's Phil Cross.
“ISIS, they are really bad terrorists, they're so bad even Al Qaida is afraid of them,” Inhofe said reflecting on the recent beheading of American journalist James Foley. Beyond the beheading, Inhofe said the current terror organizations are not going to stay contained to the Middle East. “They're crazy out there and they're rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city and people just can't believe that's happening.”
Inhofe blames policy decisions from the Obama administration and cuts in defense spending for putting the country in what he calls a dangerous situation.
“He's [President Obama] going to have to come up with something that we're going to do because they're holding another hostage in place and the problem is, the President says all these things and he never does them,” Inhofe said.
Chicago has been named as a “top potential target” for international terrorists. According to Ross Rice, a former FBI agent in Chicago and CBS 2 security expert, many terror organizations refer to the Windy City as “Obama Town.”
Meanwhile, the White House said on Friday it was considering air strikes in Syria against ISIS. “We’re not going to be restricted by borders,” said Ben Rhodes, White House national security adviser to the president. “We’re actively considering what’s going to be necessary to deal with that threat.”
ISIS was recently described by one senior regional diplomat as “the most capable military power in the Middle East outside Israel,” reports The Guardian.