Buried deep in Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address was almost a dismissive reference to global terrorism, according to key Congressional Republicans as reported by Fox News on Jan. 20, 2015. Possibly compounding the Commander-in-Chief’s GOP criticism of his strategy for fighting terrorism would be that as Obama spoke before a joint session of Congress, the nation that he once cited as a “success story” has essentially fallen to yet another Islamic Jihadist terrorist organization, as reported by The Washington Post on Jan. 21, 2015.
While Barack Obama sung the praises of his foreign policy last September, he claimed that his efforts in the Southwest Asian nation of Yemen were a “success story” and the White House insisted their plan was a “model” for battling terrorism. Despite Obama painting a rosy picture of the status of Yemen being the template for defeating the forces of jihad, an Iranian-backed jihad faction stormed the Yemeni Presidential Palace and are effectively holding President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi hostage in the Yemeni version of the White House.
Besides the Presidential Palace, much of the capital city of Sana’a has also fallen to the Tehran-backed Houthi terrorist faction. Displaying they are no mere ragtag and unorganized gang, the Houthi gunmen also overran a Yemeni Army missile base in the hills overlooking Sana’a. Long known as enemies of the Sunni dominated al-Qaeda organization, the Shiite Houthis do share the same goal of a global caliphate, albeit a caliphate based on the Iranian version of Islam. Both groups also share a desire to destroy both Israel and the United States.
Meanwhile back in Washington, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) who also Chairs the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, stated he’s “concerned” about the level of attention Obama is giving the issue, particularly his strategy for confronting ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). The Badger State legislator also stated, “The problem is, we don’t exactly know what President Obama views, you know, defeat of ISIS is. There’s no strategy.” Johnson ended by claiming ISIS may be “contained” but certainly is not close to being defeated.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, didn’t hold back when be blasted Obama, asking when will the Chief Executive “seriously address” the threat of Islamic terrorism “and stop talking about all the troops he’s withdrawn.” Taking a jab at Obama, King said Obama “has said very little since the summer” on his strategy.