MCCAUL HAS A WARNING
There’s some fretting, and talk of a “false narrative,” meanwhile. The House Homeland Security Committee has garnered the likes of former lawmakers Joe Lieberman and Jane Harman plus retired U.S. Army Gen. Jack Keane for a hearing this week about the spread of al Qaeda, the worrisome expansion of Islamist extremism and the diversification of terrorist groups abroad.
“President Obama’s narrative fails to reflect the reality that al Qaeda is not on the run, but is in fact growing in strength at an alarming rate across the Middle East and Northern Africa,” says Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican and committee chairman, who cites renewed fighting in Iraq and civil unrest in Syria in particular.
“We must take an honest look at the danger to the homeland from the spread of extremism. Continuing to downplay the terrorist threat endangers our ability to defeat it, and this hearing will examine the consequences of the administration’s counterterrorism rhetoric,” Mr. McCaul adds.