Texas Congressional Delegation Reacts to President Obama’s Address on Islamic State
Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry (R- Clarendon) and Senator Ted Cruz (R) both criticized President Barack Obama's recent address to the nation concerning the Islamic state
Thornberry said, “The President’s speech certainly had a different tone than his previous statements. It remains to be seen whether he has had a true change of heart or whether he is simply reacting to the polls.
"I believe the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a significant threat to the safety of Americans and to the security of the United States. Failing to take action will allow this danger to grow.
"We are left with few good options in a very complex situation. Helping develop more capable ground forces in the region and supporting them with American airpower and intelligence makes sense. But it will take more than a speech and a few bombs to defeat this powerful terrorist threat.
"In addition, the President has not yet provided a global strategy for dealing with terrorism. ISIL is not the only terrorist organization aiming to attack the United States. The potential for attacks from home-grown, self-radicalized individuals here in America also exists. The country needs a broader plan to protect Americans from a threat that is in many ways more serious today than on 9/11 thirteen years ago."
Cruz in an appearance on FOX News Channel's The Kelly File said, "Tonight's speech was disappointing, but not surprising. The President's approach to ISIS has been – and remains – fundamentally unserious.
"Surely one must question anyone who holds up the nations of Somalia and Yemen as models for any kind of success – especially if he is the United States President. To this day, these nations remain hotbeds of terrorism.
"While our U.S. forces have impressively taken out individual terrorist leaders in these regions, the diplomatic and military strategies have not resulted in the destruction of the enemy. If the goal is to destroy ISIS, President Obama should not try to replicate a strategy that has not destroyed other enemies.
"To defeat ISIS and keep America safe, we should not seek to create more Yemens or Somalias. Instead, we need a Commander in Chief who articulates a specific military objective tethered directly to defending U.S. national security. We did not see that tonight.
"We should destroy ISIS altogether, using overwhelming airpower to ensure they cannot bring jihad to America.
"We should also secure our Southern border, so it is not vulnerable to terrorist infiltration, and pass the legislation that I have introduced to strip any U.S. citizens who choose to fight with ISIS of their citizenship. No ISIS terrorist should be able to return to America with a U.S. passport.
"Moreover, it is extremely unwise to suggest a U.S. strategy be contingent on any kind of broad coalition building or political reconciliation in Iraq or Syria. To conduct this mission effectively, the United States government—with the consent of Congress—should making executing its mission the critical priority.
"Finally, President Obama must come to Congress to receive authorization, as required by the Constitution. Tonight, he indicated the threat of ISIS is not imminent and that his plan could consume several years. Therefore, the Constitution requires that the President must come to Congress for authorization It is not a luxury, or an option. It is required by the Constitution.
"Doing so would force him to articulate a clear strategy, gain critical bipartisan support, and unite America in the mission to eradicate ISIS."