In report by Hadas Gold at Politico, Senator John Barrasso from Wyoming assesses that ISIL is a direct threat. He is a well credentialed medical doctor who was raised in Pennsylvania. That matters as it creates a value context for his view. Also posted is his bio from Wiki. He is Republican and probably a conservative. Being from Wyoming like Dick Cheney, he may be on the hawkish side too.
ISIL is a direct threat. What constitutes that claim? Here is a list.
- ISIL has gained momentum in recruiting and expanding its participants.
- ISIL has moved beyond the borders of Syria and into Iraq with intent and purpose to go further.
- ISIL undermines existing governments.
- ISIL sees Western nations and the U.S. as a direct enemy.
- ISIL has resources to project damage against Americans and American interest abroad and in the United States.
(See the annotated list below.)
In hindsight, Barrasso said that Obama’s pulling forces from Iraq without residual force was a mistake. This analyst suggests that a residual force would have been insufficient to deter attack by ISIL.
Overall, however, the United States foreign policy for the Middle East has failed. It has been failing long before President Obama and a dysfunctional Congress is as much to blame. Therefore, the question to Dr. Barrasso is what do you recommend as changes to U.S. Middle East foreign policy? If you can answer that question, than your name should jump to the top of the GOP presidential candidate list.
From his website, he gets an incomplete on foreign policy, and his social policies make him unelectable.
“John Barrasso on foreign policy
- Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
- Rated -1 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
- Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
- Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
- Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (Oct 2007)”
“Barrasso: ISIL a direct threat to the United States
By HADAS GOLD |
6/29/14 11:24 AM EDT
Sen. John Barrasso said Sunday the terrorist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is a direct threat to the United States with the capacity and intent to do harm.
“They are the richest, most powerful and most savage group of terrorists in the history of mankind, and they have taken over an area the size of Indiana bordering Syria as well as Iraq,” the Wyoming Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “It is a direct threat to the United States.”
Barrasso said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki “needs to go,” the United States should not be negotiating in any way with Iran and the U.S. should be arming some of the opposition in Syria.
Barrasso also said that President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw from Iraq without leaving a “stay-behind force” was a mistake.”
United States Senator from Wyoming
Assumed office June 25, 2007
Serving with Mike Enzi
Appointed by Dave Freudenthal (Appointed to office by a Democrat)
Member of the Wyoming Senate from the 27th district
In office January 3, 2003 – June 22, 2007
Born John Anthony Barrasso III
July 21, 1952 (age 61)
Political party Republican
Linda Nix (divorced)
Georgetown University (B.S.,M.D.)