Michael McCaul blasts ‘willfully blind’ Obama for enabling Islamic State ‘terror surge’
The Obama administration oversaw the 2011 takedown of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden but has since failed to confront honestly the more dangerous rise of the Islamic State, according to the Republican head of the House Committee on Homeland Security, who worries that the president’s “tone-deaf” posture toward Islamist terrorism has damaged the intelligence community’s own assessment of the new group.
“We’re facing the most severe terror threat environment since 9/11,” said Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican and a leading voice on Capitol Hill on security issues, accusing President Obama of remaining “willfully blind to the growing terror threat because it ran counter to his narrative.”
“He said terrorists were on the run, and he made clear the global war on terror was effectively over, but he was wrong,” Mr. McCaul told The Washington Times in an exclusive interview as part of a special series of articles examining the status of war against the group, also known as ISIL and ISIS, as the U.S. prepares to elect a new president. – READ MORE