Top legislators of the Congress have demanded highly intensified security measures and a newly restructured US foreign policy to prevent attack on an American passenger jet. There is no doubt from the top congress legislators that ISIS is responsible for the recent Russian jetliner incident over the Sinai Peninsula.
Texas GOP Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told “Fox News Sunday” that he has a “high degree of confidence” that ISIS planted a bomb on the Russia-bound plane that exploded in midair on Oct. 31 in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board.
“The sad fact is, because we’ve had a failed policy and failed leadership, now we’re having to rely on Russians and the Iranians to go into Syria to fight and destroy ISIS,” McCaul said. “And that’s kind of where we are today. I think … it’s this weakness invites aggression.”
He also held Obamas administration and his feeble attempts to destroy the Islamic State terror group in Syria and in the Middle East responsible to a great extent. The vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said she hopes this is a “wake up call” for the United States and that everyone must come to terms with the fact that President Barack Obama’s 50 Special Forces won’t be enough to destroy ISIS. Therefore she said that the United States should consider other options to tackle what is a serious threat to American freedom.
“I hope it’s a wakeup call to Putin and I hope to some extent it’s a wakeup call to us. I have said before and I really believe it. We will fight them now or we will fight them later. It’s only a question of time. And they’re now in 12 countries. They’ve done 25 major attacks in these countries outside of Syria and Iraq in the last two years. This is a huge worldwide problem and we’ve got to play a major role. The Russians should as well.”She added, “I’m most worried about is the one that there have been four attempts to bring into this country and that’s the one that goes through a magnetometer. The bomb maker is still alive and that bomb is a recipe for which is easy to get and it is very serious. It can take down a plane. So we need to totally be on our guard. We need to do those things that are prudent and direct and I think Homeland Security realizes that and we are toughening in those places which are important to toughen security in now.”
Feinstein also suggested that air strikes haven’t caused much impact and recommended that the administration should focus its efforts at larger scale towards defeating ISIS rather than relying only on Special Forces which she believes would not be enough. Schiff, a California Democrat, told ABC, “I agree that the president’s approach basically has a battlefield that is pretty static and that more is going to have to be done.” Schiff also suggested that removing ISIS could take 15 to 20 years without ground support from such countries as Turkey and Jordan.