California Attack Has U.S. Rethinking Strategy on Homegrown Islamist Terror
By PETER BAKER and ERIC SCHMITT
DEC. 5, 2015
The New York Times
President Obama reassured Americans there was “no specific
and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.”
Seven days later came an explosion of gunfire and the deadliest terrorist attack in America since Sept. 11, 2001.
What may be most disturbing is not that Mr. Obama was wrong, but that apparently he was right.
By all accounts so far, the government had no concrete intelligence warning
of the assault on Wednesday that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif.
Swift, ruthless and deadly, the attack appeared to reflect an evolution of the terrorist threat
that Mr. Obama and federal officials have long dreaded: homegrown, self-radicalized individuals
operating undetected before striking one of many soft targets
that can never be fully protected in a country as sprawling
as the United States.
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Ted Cruz, a Republican candidate for president, on Friday appeared at a shooting range in Johnston, Iowa, and said, “We need to target the bad guys.”
“We have moved to an entirely new phase
in the global terrorist threat and in our homeland security efforts,” Jeh Johnson,
the secretary of Homeland Security, said in an interview on Saturday.
Terrorists have “in effect
outsourced attempts to attack our homeland.
We’ve seen this not just here but in other places. This requires
a whole new approach, in my view.”
John D. Cohen, a professor at Rutgers University and a senior Homeland Security Department counterterrorism official until last year, said
the administration needed to “wake up”
to the threat and change an approach
that is “ill-suited to deter these kinds
Alberto M. Fernandez, who until earlier this year
led the State Department unit that counters militant propaganda, said,
“The administration seems to be really flailing
and tone deaf
to this latest challenge.”
He called the San Bernardino attack “D.I.Y. jihad,”
and said it “forces the administration
to look at where it does not want to go
and is weakest, at jihadist ideology
and its dissemination.”
Edited by Savile Row, 06 December 2015 - 04:16 PM.