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Freshman U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) served our country for over 20 years with the Navy and as a member of the elite SEAL Team 6. When he got to Washington, it didn't take him long to see the glaring problem facing western nations.
Zinke told The Washington Free Beacon that the Obama administration's mishandling of terrorist threats is putting our security at risk.
“This administration’s inaction and lack of commitment and resolve in fighting ISIS provides fuel for terrorism. It gives them hope that they can win and it has ramifications worldwide.”
The congressman cited the Paris Charlie Hebdo attack as evidence that terrorists are getting bolder in challenging the west. He says the Obama administration's failure to view these attacks as “asymmetrical warfare” could ease the path for terrorists to encroach into Western Civilization.
“There’s a reason why we’re in retreat everywhere across the globe. This administration has consistently acted from a viewpoint that you can negotiate with terrorism. You cannot negotiate with organizations that are based on an ideology whose core is to destroy the West and America,” Zinke said. “To me there is no doubt, inaction abroad emboldens actions on the home front. They are related.”
Sanctions and air campaigns won't send a strong enough message to the likes of ISIS, Zinke insisted.
“This is the reality of asymmetrical warfare. When the enemy is willing to behead children, crucify entire villages, and with box cutters put commercial aircraft into buildings, there’s nothing this evil won’t do in pursuit of goal,” he said. “I think we’re at risk.”
Zinke recommends military embeds in Kurdish forces and friendly Sunni tribes to put ISIS on defense. Boots on ground may be a necessity for driving back ISIS' influence.
“At the core of it, you can’t be on the defensive. That offense has to be conducted overseas. We need to act with resolve against ISIS and Obama needs to act now,” he said. “It’s going to take troops on the ground: logistics, ammunition, good intelligence gathering. Wars can’t be fought with rhetoric. That doesn’t mean we need frontline ground troops, but they need significant logistics support.”
Congress may have just begun for this freshman, but when it comes to national security, his words shouldn't be taken lightly.