Are GOP warnings over ISIS sincere?

mikerogers2If you’re experiencing cognitive dissonance over the mixed signals being conveyed by our government regarding the threat posed to the U.S. by the terror group known as ISIS, you’re definitely not alone.

As we know, the recent gruesome execution of American journalist James Foley and renewed threats from ISIS prompted worldwide shock and calls in America for decisive action on the part of the Obama administration in dealing with them. Foley’s execution topped off several weeks in which ISIS made significant inroads into Syria and Iraq, punctuated with atrocities so macabre that Pope Francis and other world religious leaders (including prominent Muslims) called for direct military intervention.

While the proclivity for jihadis and their surrogates toward outrageous bluster is well-known, given their track record for mayhem, one would be foolish to ignore ISIS members’ recent threats and intimations pertaining to strikes on American soil. When then-future ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi walked away from a U.S. detention camp in 2009, he had some choice – and chilling – words for his former captors: “I’ll see you guys in New York.”

Some U.S. officials continue to assert that despite all of this, there is no evidence of a credible plot against the U.S. at present. This would be laughable were it not for the potential loss of life.

As reported in several publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration (in its infinite capacity for rewriting our laws) unilaterally modified the qualifications for foreign nationals seeking asylum last year, allowing thousands of un-vetted Syrians to resettle in the U.S. as “refugees.” According to the testimony of numerous experts, the recent “humanitarian” border crisis allowed the entry of an inestimable number of possible Islamic terrorists into the U.S. via our southern border.

Yet this week, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey insisted ISIS does not pose a direct threat to America, and that he would not recommend U.S. airstrikes in Syria. The president and others continue to avoid the question, claiming that it is Muslims in the Middle East who are at greater risk from the terror group.

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