[guest post by Dana]
Today Sen. Dianne Feinstein appeared to contradict those who have steadfastly maintained that ISIS and al-Qaeda do not pose a direct threat to the U.S. as she warned that there is indeed an increasing threat from these terrorist organizations:
The Islamic State terrorists, she said, “have killed thousands, they are marching on, they have an army, they’re well-organized. Many of us believe they’re aimed at Baghdad, perhaps our embassy there, and who knows what else.” Feinstein also said AQAP has tried to sneak bombs into the U.S. on four occasions, and poses a threat to national security alongside the Islamic State.
This comes on the same day that editor of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel claimed that ISIS does not pose an immediate threat to the U.S. and that “regional diplomacy” or a “political solution” is the appropriate way to combat them:
“The president articulated what I think is a pretty good foreign policy organizing principle: don’t do stupid stuff…He resisted military strikes in Syria last august. He said at West Point in May that our biggest mistakes have been willingness to rush into military adventures without thinking through the consequences.”
“I regret, I think the president has surrendered to war party in both parties, to a media that has lathered up hysteria about a threat that is not an immediate threat to this country. There is a barbarism and a gruesomeness to the video tapes that have moved the American people at this stage to support strikes, but the support for ground troops is not there. The support is very thin.”
The main problem is that too often in this country that we equate doing something with doing something militarily, when what is needed now is tough regional diplomacy, political solution. We’ve spent 13 years of military misadventure in this region. Let us find a different way. Don’t do stupid stuff.”