Conflicting messages out of the White House over what to do with ISIL. The nation's top general says we should attack the Islamic State militants, but only if there's a real threat to the U.S.
Intelligence officials believe ISIL has up to 3,000 U.S. and European passports, fueling fear of another 9/11. However, White House press secretary Josh Earnest insists that's not what the Obama administration is seeing.
“There currently is not an active plot underway to attack the U.S. homeland,” Earnest told reporters Monday.
His comments mirrored what Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said earlier in the day, “the general feeling is they're not capable of a 9/11-like style attack on the homeland right now.”
Terrorism expert Jeff Addicott at St. Mary's University in San Antonio says it's time the president get his head out of the sand.
“The group has told us they're going to attack us,” Dr. Addicott tells KTRH News. “So I don't know what clearer signal you're going to get than when your enemy tells you they're going to attack you.”
Addicott says ISIL has billions of dollars in the bank, compared to Al Qaeda which spent roughly $1 million to carryout the 9/11 attacks. He suggests the White House is flat out lying about what it really knows about ISIS.
“That's unfortunate we're getting this type of spin,” he says. “These people one: have the desire, two: they have the money, and three: they're rapidly developing the infrastructure that they need to launch these attacks.”
Addicott believes the U.S. at the very least, should arm the Kurds to attack ISIL in lieu of using American troops.