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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.

  1. ISIL has gained momentum in recruiting and expanding its participants.
  2. ISIL has moved beyond the borders of Syria and into Iraq with intent and purpose to go further.
  3. ISIL undermines existing governments.
  4. ISIL sees Western nations and the U.S. as a direct enemy.
  5. 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)”

http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/john_barrasso.htm

“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.”

http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2014/06/barrasso-isis-a-direct-threat-to-the-united-states-191286.html

“John Barrasso

United States Senator from Wyoming

Incumbent

Assumed office June 25, 2007[1]
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

Personal details

Born John Anthony Barrasso III
July 21, 1952 (age 61)
Reading, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Linda Nix (divorced)
Bobbi Brown
Children
Peter Barrasso
Emma Barrasso
Hadley Barrasso
Residence
Casper, Wyoming
Alma mater
Georgetown University (B.S.,M.D.)
Profession
Orthopedic surgeon
Religion
Presbyterian”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Barrasso

1. ISIL has gained momentum in recruiting and expanding its participants.
1. ISIL has gained momentum in recruiting and expanding its participants. AFP - Getty Images

1. ISIL has gained momentum in recruiting and expanding its participants.

“Iraqi Cities Fall Like Dominoes to Al Qaeda-Inspired ISIL
BY CASSANDRA VINOGRAD

For the second time in as many days, the militants came, fought - and appear to have won.
Riding high on their stunning success in seizing Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul, the al Qaeda breakaway group that sent government forces fleeing took over Saddam Hussain’s hometown of Tikrit – and appears to be pushing on, consolidating their territory and fighting their way towards Baghdad."

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/iraq-turmoil/iraqi-cities-fall-dominoes-al-qaeda-inspired-isil-n128501

2. ISIL has moved beyond the borders of Syria and into Iraq with intent and purpose to go further.
2. ISIL has moved beyond the borders of Syria and into Iraq with intent and purpose to go further. AFP/Getty

2. ISIL has moved beyond the borders of Syria and into Iraq with intent and purpose to go further.

“Iraq crisis: Isis jihadists 'seize Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons stockpile' - live
Latest developments and news from the Iraq crisis, as Saudi Arabia warns that Britain and US must not meddle in Iraq

By Raf Sanchez, Andrew Marszal
5:25PM BST 19 Jun 2014

“Clearly we’re focused on Iraq, that’s where our ISR [Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] resources have surged,” the official told reporters on a conference call following President Obama’s announcement that the United States will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, where ISIS has taken over major cities and looks set to wage a campaign for Baghdad. “But the group ISIL operates broadly and we would not restrict our ability to take action that is necessary to protect the United States.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10910868/Iraq-crisis-Obama-may-launch-air-strikes-without-Congress-amid-calls-for-Maliki-to-go-live.html

3. ISIL undermines existing governments.
3. ISIL undermines existing governments. Gallo/Getty

3. ISIL undermines existing governments.

“Should the US support an independent Balochistan?

Washington, DC - Over the last few months, a small faction of congressmen, minority Afghan groups, Baloch nationalists, and their supporters have laid out the framework for an alternative US policy approach for Southwest Asia.

This alternative policy centres on backing remnants of the Northern Alliance and Baloch insurgents, who seek to carve out semi-autonomous territories or independent states from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran.

While supporters of this new approach are motivated by a variety of interests, they appear unified in their rejection of what they see as three cornerstones of the Obama administration's current regional policy approach: 1) Normalising relations with Pakistan's government and military; 2) Incorporating the Taliban into the current Afghan political system; 3) Overly accommodating an emerging Iran.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/201222112203196390.html

4. ISIL sees Western nations and the U.S. as a direct enemy.
4. ISIL sees Western nations and the U.S. as a direct enemy. Cpl Paul Jarvis/MOD/Getty Images

4. ISIL sees Western nations and the U.S. as a direct enemy.

“In the 10 years since the attacks of 9/11, much has changed in the world. Led by the United States, western nations invaded and occupied Afghanistan and later Iraq, removing their rulers and unleashing sectarian violence and insurgencies. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians have lost their lives at a cost of trillions of dollars, and western military forces remain in both countries. A third war, the War on Terror, has driven changes in the U.S. that have pushed against the limits of what American society will accept in return for security -- measures such as pre-emptive military strikes, indefinite detentions, waterboarding, wiretapping, and invasive airport security systems. As we remember those lost on September 11, 2001, and construction of the new skyscrapers in Manhattan nears completion, most U.S, troops are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of this year and Afghanistan by 2014. Here is a look at some of the events of the post-9/11 decade, and some of the progress still being made.”

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/09/9-11-the-decade-since/100144/

5. ISIL has resources to project damage against Americans and American interest abroad and in the United States.
5. ISIL has resources to project damage against Americans and American interest abroad and in the United States. Getty Image

5. ISIL has resources to project damage against Americans and American interest abroad and in the United States.

"The Jihadi Menace Gets Real

ISIS is bigger, badder, richer, and better organized than any jihadi threat the United States has faced thus far. Its rise represents a foreign policy disaster of the first order.

A group more radical than al-Qaeda, better organized, better financed, commanding the loyalty of thousands of dedicated fanatics including many with Western and even U.S. passports? And this group now controls some of the most strategic territory at the heart of the Middle East?

Welcome to President Obama’s brave new world. After six years in office pursuing strategies he believed would tame the terror threat and doing his best to reassure the American people that the terror situation was under control, with the “remnants” of al-Qaeda skittering into the shadows like roaches when the exterminator arrives, Obama now confronts the most powerful and hostile jihadi movement of modern times, a movement that dances on the graveyard of his hopes."

http://www.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2014/06/23/the-jihadi-menace-gets-real/

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