President Obama continues to offer platitudes and rhetoric that directly contradict his actions when it comes to protecting our nation. In comments he made on Wednesday the President tried to offer some comfort to the American people about the state of national security in relation to events happening abroad.
“Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland,” President Obama said on Wednesday afternoon, also adding that U.S. intelligence officials “are constantly working to protect all of us,” “working overtime.”
But for many of us, the events in Paris have touched a deep chord. We continue to do everything possible to prevent attacks at home and abroad and to prevent foreign terrorist fighters from entering the United States or other nations. In the event of a specific credible threat, the public will be informed. If you see something, say something,” the President added. “That’s always helpful.”
The problem with all this silly rhetoric is that it is running smack into the reality that the Obama administration continues to push to import hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from Syria, even though our defense and security agencies continue to report that we cannot possibly vet all of the refugees in an effort to weed out the security risks.
“There are a lot of holes — gaping holes,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
In addition, McCaul has warned that an influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the ongoing chaos provides a perfect opportunity for Islamic extremists to slip into the U.S. or another country undetected.
“This causes a great concern on the part of policymakers, because we don’t want to be complicit with a program that could bring potential terrorists into the United States,” McCaul said.
FBI Director James Comey voiced very similar concerns a month earlier:
During a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Thursday, FBI Director James Comey sounded a cautious note that is likely to be picked up by critics of the White House’s plan to welcome more refugees into the U.S.
“My concern there is there are certain gaps … in the data available to us,” Comey said.
“There is risk associated of bringing anybody in from the outside, but specifically from a conflict zone like that,” he added.
“There is no such thing as a no-risk enterprise and there are deficits that we face.”
In particular, the lack of solid on-the-ground intelligence assets in Syria has clouded the U.S.’s ability to crosscheck the backgrounds of every refugee hoping to come to the U.S., Comey and other national security officials told the Senate panel.