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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Polls Show Terrorism A Major Concern, Only 34% Approve Of Obama’s Handling Of ISIS

Today in Washington, D.C. - Dec. 15, 2015:
The House reconvened at Noon today and then recessed until Noon. There will be no potential recorded voted until 6:30 this evening.

In this week’s Republican address, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), who serves on the House Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign-Fighter Travel, discussed efforts to combat terrorism and stop foreign terrorists from entering the United States. “If we get the right information to the right people, we can keep terrorists on the run and off our shores,” Rep. Hurd says. “That’s why the House passed legislation this week to tighten up our Visa Waiver program. It’s part of our ongoing effort to tackle the terrorist threat head on, and to keep our people safe.”

The Senate reconvened at 10 AM today and began a period of morning business.

The Senate recessed between 12:30 and 2:15 PM for weekly policy lunches.

Negotiators are working on the final details of legislative packages to fund the government through 2016 and to extend expiring tax relief provisions.

Yesterday, the Senate voted 45-34 to confirm Alissa M. Starzak to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army.

Polls Show Terrorism A Major Concern:
Politico writes today, “The highly public war council that President Barack Obama convened Monday at the Pentagon was billed as a strategy session on the 16-month-old campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But it was also a pointed effort to demonstrate to rattled Americans that the commander in chief really has everything under control.

“Just a week after an Oval Office address that was widely panned as uninspiring — and several days before he is scheduled to leave for Hawaii for the holidays — the president chose the imposing backdrop to preside over a meeting of the National Security Council. He then appeared with the top brass in tow to insist, for the third time in as many weeks, that the U.S. strategy of precision bombing, training local allies and targeting ISIL leaders is sound — and is making real gains.”

In the wake of terror attacks in Paris and Southern California, Americans are looking around the world and not seeing the picture of everything under control that the president is attempting to paint.

Last week, CNN noted, “FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the U.S. is at its greatest threat level from terrorist groups since 9/11. . . . Comey's comments were made following several global terrorist attacks over the last month in France, Egypt and Nigeria, as well as the attack in San Bernardino, California, last week which claimed the lives of 14 people. Comey said the attack in San Bernardino was an act of terrorism committed by people radicalized by organizations at least inspired by ISIS.”

The next day, Fox News reported, “A hardened Al Qaeda fighter who served as Usama bin Laden's jack-of-all-trades before spending a decade at Guantanamo Bay made a military prosecutor's prophecy come true when he resurfaced on the field of battle in Yemen, where he is one of the terror group's top leaders.

“Ibrahim al-Qosi, a Sudanese native who once served as Usama bin Laden's cook, chauffeur and bookkeeper, appears in the latest video released this week by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), some three years after he was released from the U.S. military facility.”

Last night The New York Times reported, “A Maryland man received at least $8,700 from Islamic State operatives overseas and planned to use the money to launch an attack in the United States as part of a pledge of loyalty to the militant group, prosecutors said on Monday.

“The case, which comes at a time of heightened concerns about domestic plots after the deadly attack this month in San Bernardino, Calif., is unusual because of the international financial transactions, officials said. The suspect, Mohamed Elshinawy, 30, who lives outside Baltimore and was born in Egypt, was arrested on Friday after a five-month F.B.I. investigation that included tracking of his finances and online communications.”

And according to the AP today, “Supporters of the Islamic State group in Afghanistan are attempting to establish a regional base in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General John Campbell, said on Tuesday.

“In an interview with The Associated Press, Campbell said that ‘foreign fighters’ from Syria and Iraq had joined Afghans who had declared loyalty to the group in the eastern province of Nangarhar, bordering Pakistan.

“He said there were also ‘indications’ that the IS supporters in Nangarhar were trying to consolidate links with the group's leadership in Syria and Iraq.”

It’s little wonder, then, that polls show the public’s increasing alarm and concern about terrorism.

Yesterday Gallup found “Americans are now more likely to name terrorism as the top issue facing the U.S. than to name any other issue -- including those that have typically topped the list recently, such as the economy and the government. About one in six Americans, 16%, now identify terrorism as the most important U.S. problem, up from just 3% in early November.” At the same time, Gallup found, “In the week after the deadly shootings in San Bernardino, California, Americans' confidence in the federal government's ability to protect citizens from acts of terrorism has dropped to a new low of 55%.”

NBC News reports today, “The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., have vaulted terrorism and national security to become the American public's top concern, and they've helped drive President Barack Obama's job rating to 43 percent — its lowest level in more than a year, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. What's more, seven-in-10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction — the highest percentage here since Aug. 2014. . . .

“This focus on national security and terrorism comes as the NBC/WSJ poll finds President Obama's job-approval rating at 43 percent, which is down two points from late October. Indeed, it is Obama's lowest overall standing since right before the 2014 midterm elections.

“Just 37 percent approve of the president's handling of foreign policy, and only 34 percent approve of his handling of the terrorist militants known as ISIS in Iraq and Syria. . . . And 73 percent say they want the next president to take a different approach from President Obama's.”

The Wall Street Journal adds, “Heightened fear of terrorism is rippling through the electorate, thrusting national-security issues to the center of the 2016 presidential campaign . . . . Some 40% of those polled say national security and terrorism should be the government’s top priority, and more than 60% put it in the top two, up from just 39% eight months ago. More than one quarter worry they or their family will be a victim of a terror attack. The most prominent news event of 2015, in the public’s mind, was the terrorist attack in Paris.”

Meanwhile, the AP, reports reports, “After terrorist attacks at home and abroad, more Americans than ever - but still less than half - support sending U.S. ground troops to fight the Islamic State, according to a new Associated Press-GfK Poll. A large majority also want a clearer explanation from President Barack Obama about his strategy to defeat the group. The percentage of Americans who favor deploying U.S. troops to fight IS militants has risen from 31 percent to 42 percent over the past year in AP-GfK polling . . . .

“In the poll, 56 percent of Americans said the U.S. military response to the Islamic State group has not gone far enough, up from 46 percent since October 2014. . . . Analysts say the public desire for more action reflects growing anxiety over the Islamic State after its attack in Paris, and the shootings in San Bernardino, California, carried out by a couple apparently inspired by the group. There is also widespread unease about Obama's strategy, which envisions a long, slow campaign of airstrikes, diplomacy, training, financial sanctions and other measures.”

As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said last week, “Following the attacks in Paris and California, and the downing of the Russian airliner, about 60 percent of the American people disapprove of the President’s handling of terrorism. Nearly two-thirds disapprove of his handling of ISIL.

“They understand intuitively that ISIL and the wider terrorist threat has not been ‘contained,’ but rather that it has evolved into something increasingly more serious and challenging. Americans also know that the operational concept ordered by the President is insufficient to defeat ISIL.”

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Anonymous Suzy Jansen said...

Who are those 34%? Total morons.


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