McSally Delivers Weekly Address
Main Street’s Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) just delivered the Republican Party’s weekly address. Speaking from the hearing room of the House Homeland Security Committee on which she serves, Rep. McSally called on President Obama to “step up” in the fight against ISIS, following the terror attacks in Paris and other mass casualties that ISIS has inflicted around the globe.
Rep. McSally has focused on national security for more than 30 years. She served to the rank of colonel in the Air Force and was the first U.S. female fighter pilot to fly in combat as well as the first woman to command a fighter squadron in combat. So when she tells you that “ISIS is the most potent terrorist movement we have faced,” you should believe her. She has continued to focus on national security as a member of Congress, and served on the bipartisan congressional task force that examined how to combat terrorist and foreign fighter travel. The report’s principal conclusion is that, in Rep. McSally’s words, “this administration does not have a strategy to combat this dangerous threat.”
The task force found that 30,000 individuals have traveled to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS, including around 4,500 from Western countries and 250 from America — that we know of. Every single state in the U.S. is conducting ISIS-related investigations right now. The group appeals widely because it employs what Rep. McSally calls “a sophisticated and unprecedented propaganda, recruitment, and social media campaign,” putting up an average of 200,000 pro-ISIS social media posts a day. And, of course, ISIS is extending the reach of its terror by bombing an airplane and conducting “the deadliest attack on French soil since World War II.”
Rep. McSally knows that the U.S. can and must provide global leadership in what she calls the “generational conflict” against ISIS. Enough with “leading from behind,” she declares: “Our strategy must include utilizing all elements of national power.” We have to unleash American air power to destroy both the Islamic State’s military and financial capabilities. We’ve only just begun to bomb the fuel trucks that allow ISIS to collect $450 million annually. It’s past time to “take the gloves off,” as Rep. McSally says. She also calls for us to lead a global alliance against ISIS, share information with our allies, close the loopholes that facilitate terrorist travel, and focus more efforts on countering violent extremism here at home.