Two GOP lawmakers appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday and told host Bob Schieffer that the Obama administration is not tough enough on terror and choose too many politically correct terms to define it, which in turn, diminishes the seriousness of the threats.
First up on the program was Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) who said President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder’s insistence on shying away from terms, like “war on terror,” are creating a false narrative of safety.
He spoke with Schieffer about the seriousness of the threat against the United States and warned that while a larger 9/11-style attack would prove difficult to pull off these days, smaller-scale attacks from sleeper cells could become the norm.
McCaul: I would argue, you mentioned the War on Terror to General Holder, and I think there’s been a — in this administration — a tendency to not call it that and to have a false narrative that everything’s okay. When in fact, the threat, I believe, is not diminishing it’s getting greater in Northern Africa, in the Middle East. And as that threat becomes greater so, too, is the threat to the United States and that’s what we have to be prepared for.
Schieffer: So you think these are more dangerous times than before?
McCaul: I believe with small-scale attacks. I think the larger-scale, 9/11-style [would be] more difficult to pull off. A bigger cell we can detect. A small cell like this one — very difficult to detect, deter and disrupt, which is really our goal. I think we’re going to see more and more of these taking place, whether it be foreign fighters going to the warfare in return, or whether it be someone who’s getting on the Internet, as John Miller talked about, this very sophisticated social media program, and then radicalizing over the Internet.
Also on the program was Assistant Majority Leader Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) who said, in a similar manner, that the Obama administration is too “politically correct” when describing terrorists and their activities. Calling these attacks what they are, Cornyn said, is the first step in facing the problem.
Here is his conversation with Schieffer and video below the transcript:
Schieffer: Do you think the administration is doing enough to combat terrorism right now? You just heard Mike McCaul say, ‘Well, they don’t like to call it the war on terrorism any more,’ and I think they probably do use different words to describe it. Do you think it’s still a war on terror and do you think it’s greater or lesser a threat to the United States than it was?
Cornyn: Well, I agree with Congressman McCaul that the threats are certainly no less, and I do think they are arguably greater than they have been in the past, and certainly they’ve morphed into something different. But I do think there is a tendency toward political correctness on the part of the administration. We know that, for example, when Major Nidal Hasan made his attack at Fort Hood, they called that ‘workplace violence.’ And they’re calling the War on Terror ‘overseas contingency operations.’ We need to call it what it is, because that’s the first step to actually dealing with it on a realistic basis.
As the world watched its leaders gather in Paris for the march against terrorism, noticeably absent was President Obama, along with Eric Holder, who was actually in the city at the time of the event, making numerous appearances on the Sunday news shows instead of linking arms with those gathered. This fact will only bolster the GOP’s claims that this administration is not taking Islamic terrorism seriously. Their absence has already birthed its own meme on the Internet, mocking the vacancy.