On September 2, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) responded to ISIS’s beheading of a second American journalist by suggesting a wait-and-see approach that involves appeals to “moderate Sunnis,” continued “targeted strikes,” but no boots on the ground.
Udall said ISIS is “a very serious threat,” but “[not] an immediate threat to the homeland.”
Speaking to 9 News NBC, Senator Udall (D-CO) said ISIS commanders are trying to get us “to rush in” and “not think through what our strategy is.” He said,”We’re going to do the right thing. Their leadership will pay the price eventually.”
When asked about Obama’s lack of strategy toward ISIS, Udall said we need to be “tough and smart.” He then took a jab at George W. Bush by saying, “[We] rushed into Iraq, as Americans know, twelve years ago without a plan.”
He did not mention that President Obama pulled troops out of Iraq in 2011, without a plan.
Udall was asked to explain just how great a threat ISIS poses when compared to other terror groups, specifically Al Qaeda. He said: “[ISIS] has real capabilities, we need to take them seriously, and we need to be smart about how we tackle the threat they represent.”
He said he takes ISIS “as a very serious threat,” but “[not] an immediate threat to the homeland.”
On August 19, Breitbart News reported on an ISIS video carrying the hashtag #AMessagefromISIStoUS. In it ISIS said, “We will drown all of you in blood.”
On August 22, Breitbart News reported on a tweet that hinted at an ISIS attack on Chicago. The tweet also carried the hashtag #AMessagefromISIStoUS and had someone holding a piece of paper in front of the Old Republic Building in Chicago. The paper contained the following message: “Soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon.”
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