Another Deadly Terror Attack

- June 29, 2016

Yesterday's Attack In Turkey Should Remind All Americans Of Clinton And Obama's Failure To Confront The Terrorist Threat


  • Yesterday, terrorists carried out an attack on Istanbul, Turkey's airport killing at least 41 people and wounding another 239, a tragic reminder of the failed U.S. policy of confronting terrorism around the world.
  • Clinton has led the way in failed U.S. policies on terrorism, refusing to even declare war on ISIS as well as claiming the U.S. should "empathize" rather than destroy our enemies and that "we now finally are where we need to be" in the fight against ISIS.
  • Clinton's policies as secretary of state - from supporting the full withdrawal from Iraq to backing an intervention in Libya without a plan for stability - have allowed the terror group to expand throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
  • ISIS has trained hundreds of fighters to send to Europe, and despite efforts to bomb their strongholds in Iraq and Syria, U.S. efforts backed by Clinton have failed to reduce the group's capacity to commit terrorist attacks and murder innocents.
  • With results of the failed Clinton-backed policies around the globe, 71 percent of Americans feel like a terrorist attack in the U.S. is imminent in the coming weeks.


Yesterday, Three Terrorists Carried Out An Attack On Istanbul, Turkey's Airport Killing 41 People And Wounding Another 239. "Three terrorists attacked the arrivals hall and a nearby parking area with gunfire and explosive devices, killing 41 people. Of the 239 people injured." (Gul Tuysez, Joshua Berlinger, Holly Yan, "Istanbul Terror Attack: 41 Killed; Airport Resumes Flights Amid Blood, Shattered Glass," CNN, 6/29/16)

Turkey's Prime Minister Believed That ISIS Is Responsible For That Attacks On An Istanbul Airport. "Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday that the government believes the Islamic State conducted the attack." (Paul Mcleary, Adam Rawnsley, "SitRep: 41 Dead In Istanbul; The U.K.'s Coming U.N. Problem," Foreign Policy , 6/29/16)


Clinton Has Said "We Now Finally Are Where We Need To Be" With Defeating ISIS And Would Continue Obama's Strategy

Clinton On ISIS: "We Now Finally Are Where We Need To Be." CLINTON: "Look at these complex problems. I wish it could be either or I wish we could say yes, let's go destroy ISIS and let's let Assad continue to destroy Syria which creates more terrorists, more extremists by the minute. No. We now finally are where we need to be. We have a strategy and a commitment to go after ISIS which is a danger to us as well as the region, and we finally have a UN Security Council resolution bringing the world together to go after a political transition in Syria. If the United States does not lead there is not another leader, there is a vacuum and we have to lead if we're going to be successful." (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Primary Debate, Manchester, NH, 12/19/15)

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Clinton Refused To Admit The U.S. Is At War With ISIS

Clinton Refuses To Say That The United States Is At War Against ISIS. ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "Is it time to declare war on ISIS?" CLINTON: "Look, we are definitely in conflict with ISIS and I think we need a new update of military authorization, the AUMF, which was passed after the attack after 9/11, should be brought up to..." STEPHANOPOULOS: "Why not declare war?" CLINTON: "Well, declare war is a very legal term as you know so well. I think what we want to do is make sure we have every tool at our disposable to, number one, destroy their would-be caliphate in Syria and in Iraq. Number two, do everything we can to dismantle this very effective virtual jihadist network that they're using on the internet. And number three, do whatever necessary to protect us here at home." STEPHANOPOULOS: "What are you concerned about in the declaration in war?" CLINTON: "Well, I think that the legal experts say, that if we, there are a lot who say that we already have the authority we need to go after ISIS or any international terrorist network, including Al Qaeda and anybody else in the AUMF. I think it is important, though, for the Congress to vote on behalf of the American people and to make sure that we are updating it to take into account the new authorities at risk." (ABC's "This Week," 12/6/15)

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At The November Democrat Primary Debate, Clinton Said The Fight Against ISIS "Cannot Be An American Fight." CLINTON: "But it cannot be an American fight. And I think what the president has consistently said-- which I agree with-- is that we will support those who take the fight to ISIS. That is why we have troops in Iraq that are helping to train and build back up the Iraqi military, why we have special operators in Syria working with the Kurds and Arabs so that we can be supportive. But this cannot be an American fight, although American leadership is essential." (Hillary Clinton, Democrat Primary Debate, Des Moines, IA, 11/14/15)

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Clinton Believes That The U.S. Must "Empathize" With Its Enemies

Clinton Argues That We Must "Empathize" With Enemies Of The United States. CLINTON: "This is what we call smart power, using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security, leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, and in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change - change the prospects for peace." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 12/3/14)

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Clinton Supported Withdrawal From Iraq Despite Warnings That ISIS Was Emerging, Enabling It To Spread Throughout The Region

The Wall Street Journal : Clinton Faces Criticism For Both Her Original Vote To Authorize The Iraq War And Her Support For Obama's Withdrawal Policies. "The issue also is complicated for Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate. She faces lingering liberal skepticism for voting for the war while in the Senate, as well as GOP criticism of Obama administration policies that left Iraq unstable after U.S. troops withdrew in 2011." (Janet Hook and Laura Meckler, "Iraq War Persists As Awkward Election Issue," The Wall Street Journal, 5/14/15)

As The U.S. Was Preparing To Withdraw Troops From Iraq "Senior American And Iraqi Officials Are Expressing Concern That Al Qaeda's Offshoot Here … Is Poised For A Deadly Resurgence." "As the United States prepares to withdraw its troops from Iraq by year's end, senior American and Iraqi officials are expressing growing concern that Al Qaeda's offshoot here, which just a few years ago waged a debilitating insurgency that plunged the country into a civil war, is poised for a deadly resurgence." (Michael Schmidt and Eric Schmitt, "Leaving Iraq, U.S. Fears New Surge Of Qaeda Terror," The New York Times, 11/5/11)

Clinton Failed To Prevent The Spread Of ISIS To Libya After Gaddafi Was Killed

As She Planned For The Intervention, Clinton Failed To Resolve "Just How Libya Would Be Governed After Gaddafi." "In 2011, as the United States considered intervention, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among those who pushed for intervention-without resolving just how Libya would be governed after Gaddafi, according to a senior defense official who was part of the decision-making process." (Nancy A. Youssef, "Hillary's Libya Post-War Plan Was 'Play It By Ear,' Gates Says," The Daily Beast , 10/20/15)

ISIS Has Doubled Its Presence To 6,000 Fighters In The Last Year According To The Pentagon. "The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has doubled its presence inside Libya in the last year, the top U.S. military commander overseeing operations in the region said Thursday. The number of ISIS fighters in Libya doubled to between 4,000 to 6,000 in the last 12 to 18 months, Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez said at a Pentagon briefing." (Kristina Wong, "Top General: ISIS Doubled Number Of Fighters In Libya," The Hill, 4/7/16)

CIA Director John Brennan Told Congress That There Are Believed To Be 5,000- 8,000 ISIS Fighters In Libya. "The Director of the CIA, John Brennan, told Congress last week that ISIS had about 5,000-8,000 fighters inside Libya." (Ryan Browne, "Top General: U.S. Strategy Against ISIS In Libya Makes No Sense," CNN, 06/22/16)

President Obama's Nominee To African Command Lt. General Waldhauser, Told The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee That He Was Not Aware Of Any Grand Strategy In Libya. SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): "Do we have a strategy in Libya? Or are we just acting in an ad hoc fashion which was has been the case as we watched ISIS establish, metastasize and grow in Libya?" LT. GENERAL WALDHAUSER: Well as I indicated that the two strategic objectives that we have in Libya are to assist them…" MCCAIN: "I know the objectives, do we have a strategy?" WALDHAUSER: "To continue to support that right at this point in time. I am not aware of any overall grand strategy at this point." ( Remarks At The Senate Armed Services Committee, 06/21/16)

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ISIS Has Expanded Throughout The World, Including Training Hundreds Of Fighters To Attack Europe

ISIS "Has Expanded To Other Countries, Including Libya, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula And Afghanistan." But U.S. intelligence agencies see the overall situation as a strategic stalemate: The Islamic State remains a well-funded extremist army able to replenish its ranks with foreign jihadis as quickly as the U.S. can eliminate them. Meanwhile, the group has expanded to other countries, including Libya, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and Afghanistan." (Ken Dilanian, Zeina Karam, and Bassem Mroue, "Despite Bombing, Islamic State Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago," The Associated Press , 7/31/15)

ISIS Has Trained 400 Fighters To Attack Europe "In Deadly Waves ." "The Islamic State group has trained at least 400 fighters to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, deploying interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris with orders to choose the time, place and method for maximum carnage, The Associated Press has learned." (Lori Hinnant and Paisley Dodds, "IS Trains 400 Fighters To Attack Europe In Wave Of Bloodshed," The Associated Press , 3/23/16)

  • There Are Between 400 And 600 Fighters Trained For The Attacks. "Estimates range from 400 to 600 Islamic State fighters trained specifically for external attacks, according to the officials, including Goulet. Some 5,000 Europeans have gone to Syria." (Lori Hinnant and Paisley Dodds, "IS Trains 400 Fighters To Attack Europe In Wave Of Bloodshed," The Associated Press , 3/23/16)

Clinton Supported The Obama's Administration Inaction On The Emerging ISIS Threat And Has Recently Said His Strategy Is Close To Hers

In December 2015, Clinton Said That Obama's ISIS Strategy "Is Close To Mine." QUESTION: "Anything you would have said differently or disagreed with respect to President Obama's address [inaudible]?" CLINTON: "I was really happy that he made the address. I thought it was very important for him to address the nation. And you know, I think his take on what needs to be done is close to mine." (Hillary Clinton, Interview With The Concord Monitor Editorial Board, 12/8/15)

Director Of The CIA Admits To Congress That The United States' Efforts Are Not Reducing ISIS' Capability

Director Of The CIA Admitted To The Select Committee On Intelligence That Despite The Obama Administration's Efforts To Combat ISIL, It Has Not Reduced The Terror Groups Capability To Carry Out Attacks. CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN: "Unfortunately despite all of our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group's terrorism capability and global reach. The resources needed for terrorism are very modest. And the group would have to suffer even heavier losses on territory man power, and money for its terrorist capacity to decline significantly. Moreover the group's foreign branches and global networks can help preserve its capacity for terrorism regardless of events in Iraq and Syria. In fact as the pressure mounts on ISIL we judge that it will intensify its total global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda." (John Brennan, Select Committee On Intelligence, 06/16/16)

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71% Of Americans Believe That A Terrorist Attack Is Likely On U.S. Soil In The Next Few Weeks, Marking Highest Polling Since 2003. "Americans are more likely to think terrorist attacks in the U.S. are imminent now than at any point since 2003. -- Overall, 71% say further acts of terrorism are very or somewhat likely in the United States over the next several weeks." (Jennifer Agiesta, "Poll: Concern About Terrorist Attack At Highest Level Since 2003," CNN, 06/23/16)

  • 24% Of Americans See A Terrorist Attack On American Soil, "Very Likely." "24%, consider an attack "very likely," and except for a survey conducted just after Osama bin Laden's death in May 2011, that's the highest share to say so since November 2001." (Jennifer Agiesta, "Poll: Concern About Terrorist Attack At Highest Level Since 2003," CNN, 06/23/16)

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