President Obama’s motives have sometimes been questioned by people on the right and is there any wonder why? He does himself no service when he doesn’t take America’s enemies seriously.
From USA Today:
President Obama condemned the terror attack at an Istanbul airport Wednesday, suggesting that the Islamic State was responsible and pledging that the terror group would ultimately be defeated.
“It’s an indication of how little these vicious organizations have to offer,” Obama said while meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, where the agenda was mostly on continental cooperation.
“Beyond killing innocents, they are continuing losing ground, unable to govern those areas that they have taken over,” he said. “They’re going to be defeated in Syria, they’re going to be defeated in Iraq. They are going to be on the run wherever they hide. And we will not rest until we have dismantled these networks of hate that have an impact on the entire civilized world.”
Despite the attack in Istanbul that killed at least 41 people, White House aides touted progress in the war against the Islamic State, especially on closing the border between Turkey and Syria where foreign fighters have entered the conflict — and where terrorists could return to the West.
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On the run? Are these guys delusional or just that stupid? The attacks in Turkey follow the attacks in Orlando, San Bernardino, Paris and Brussels. And they are getting more sophisticated as noted in the Daily Beast:
Three months after attacking Brussels airport, terrorists have shown in the attack on Istanbul’s international airport an alarming ability to stay one move ahead of the defenses put in place to stop them—an agility in planning that could present a new and serious threat to airports in the U.S.
Most experts agree that the Istanbul atrocity has the hallmarks of ISIS. Even then, the sophistication of how the attack was carried out has surprised them.
It was carried out in a way that suggests the kind of advance intelligence, careful study of a target, and cool execution that would normally be practised by Western special forces.
There were three phases. It began with an attack in a car park adjacent to the international arrivals terminal. The purpose was to draw security staff away from the terminal.
The attackers obviously knew that security at the terminal itself had recently been hardened, as a response to the Brussels attack, where the bombers had exploited the fact that, as in many airports, there was no security threshold before the check-in desks.
ISIS is not on the run. They are demonstrating a higher level of tactical patience and skill which makes them more dangerous and deadly. And, the President still refuses to see it.