ISIS Has The Sunday Shows Discussing The Specter Of Another 9/11


WASHINGTON — Petrified about the prospect of a domestic terrorist attack? This round of Sunday shows was not for you.

The common theme on all channels was that the United States was quite vulnerable to an attack from the Islamic State, the militant group also called ISIS. In terms graver than any point since the Sunni extremist organization began taking over large swaths of western Iraq, guests outlined the perils of inaction. Visions of another 9/11 were laid out on several occasions, as was the case that the United States needed to act aggressively abroad — perhaps even within Syria.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) summarized the mood when she declared that “a containment strategy is not going to cut it.” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) drove home the point when he said the defeat of ISIS would require putting “some Americans” — mainly special force operatives — “in danger.”

It wasn’t just fear-mongering by the president’s more hawkish critics. Even Obama’s Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said ISIS is “beyond anything we’ve seen” and poses a “9/11-level threat” to the U.S.

Instead, the Sunday shows proved just how quickly a consensus has taken hold within the foyers of power (the drums are beating loudly) and how limited the president’s political flexibility will be in the coming weeks.

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