|President Barack Obama hits back at the Republicans for armchair bitching.|
The Republican Party is now turning the Paris attacks into a political football. They were quickly blaming President Barack Obama for the attacks. They cite the president's interview on ABC saying that the Islamic State is "contained" as a reason. They conclude that the president is "weak" on terrorism.
Under Obama's watch there hasn't been a major terrorist attack in the United States. There were more mass shootings under the president's watch.
Now Republican governors and lawmakers are pushing agendas to prevent refugees from entering the United States. They are giving the Islamic State a reason to attack the country.
One Texas Republican state lawmaker said that having refugees here will grant them access to firearms. He cites his own state as being a reason. The Republican involuntarily said access to firearms is too damn easy.
The Republican rhetoric is the best recruitment for the terrorists.
The Islamic State believes that Western societies are destroying their lands. France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are often in cited as enemies of the extremist group.
The Islamic State was once the al Qaeda of Iraq. They broke away from the group after Osama bin Laden was killed in May 2011. They have gained popularity through the Syrian civil war.
Now the Islamic State has gain ground in Iraq. Conservatives claim that the president's decision to leave the Iraqi War led to the Islamic State growing in power.
Obama gets really annoyed by the armchair generals. He admits that the Paris attacks were a setback to the progress made in the fight against the extremist group. But said that throwing American troops into the Syrian Civil War is a risky move.
Obama warned Republicans that panicking and pushing hateful agendas is fueling the Islamic State recruitment.
While in the Philippines, the president spoke about taking on global terrorism, China's influence in the region and how he's dealing with Congress.
He said that the anti-refugee rhetoric and fear mongering needs to stop.
"Apparently they're scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America," Obama said.
Mocking GOP leaders for thinking they're tough, Obama said overblown rhetoric from Republicans could be a potent recruitment tool for the Islamic State group. He insisted the U.S. process for screening refugees for possible entry into the U.S. is rigorous and said the U.S. doesn't make good decisions "based on hysteria" or exaggerated risk.
"We are not well served when in response to a terrorist attack we descend into fear and panic," the president said.
Obama's comments during a meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino marked his harshest condemnation yet of Republicans' response to the Paris attacks blamed on Islamic State that killed 129 people last week. Republicans in Congress and on the 2016 presidential trail have urged an immediate closure of America's borders to Syrian refugees, but the Obama administration has shown no sign of backing off its plans to bring an additional 10,000 Syrians fleeing civil war into the U.S.
Obama took particular ire at a proposal by GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush to admit only Christian Syrians. Bush later clarified he wants to give preference to Christians but not exclude properly vetted Muslims. Still, Obama said the idea of only allowing Christians in amounted to "political posturing" that runs contrary to American values.
In Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have urged at least a temporary halt in the resettlement of Syrians, while disputing Obama administration claims that the small numbers making their way here so far are being thoroughly investigated. Obama said he's been waiting for a year and a half for lawmakers to take up refugee legislation, questioning why they are now suddenly in a rush.
Defending his administration's screening program, Obama said it takes 18 to 24 months to clear a refugee for entry, following vetting by the U.S. intelligence community and other agencies as well as biometrics.
Although there are indications that one of the IS attackers carried a Syrian passport and may have arrived in France alongside refugees, Germany's top security official has said the passport might have been a fake intended to stoke fears. Still, Obama acknowledged that the U.S. public was concerned about attacks on the homeland, noting that Paris "reminds us of home.
"I understand why Americans have been particularly affected," he said.
al Qaeda and the Islamic State wants a Republican to win the White House. The Islamic State thinks Republicans are stupid. Republican are weak on terrorism. The terrorists believe the Republicans will bankrupt the country trying to fight them.