Republicans criticise Obama, Clinton after Paris attacks

2015-11-15 14:03
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Orlando - Several Republican presidential candidates on Saturday accused President Barack Obama and his former secretary of state, Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton, of failing in the fight against Islamic State militants as the terrorist attacks in Paris became a focal point of the nomination race.

Carly Fiorina, the former technology CEO, criticised the Obama administration for the "murder, the mayhem, the danger, the tragedy that we see unfolding in Paris, in the Middle East, around the world and too often in our own homeland."

"I am angry that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton declared victory in Iraq in 2011, abandoned all of our hard-won gains for political expediency and contrary to the advice of every general that spoke with them, thus leaving vast swaths of territory and too much weaponry to be gobbled up by ISIS," Fiorina told those at the Sunshine Summit, a political gathering of Florida Republicans.

Donald Trump, appearing at a rally in Beaumont, Texas, said the Paris attacks would have been "a much, much different situation" had the victims been armed with guns, as he argued against stricter gun control measures in the US. In recent years, Texas has loosened gun laws, making it easier for to openly carry firearms in public places. The billionaire real estate mogul said the US should be more aggressive against ISIS and called the United States "insane" to accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the Paris attacks.

In an interview with Fox News, Florida Senator Marco Rubio responded to the attacks by saying: "This is a civilisation war. This is a civilization conflict. This is not a geopolitical grievance that these people have with us. This is, basically, they believe the entire world needs to believe in what they believe in, or you die."

More scrutiny of refugees

In Florida, the sharp criticisms of the Obama administration and calls for changing its military strategy against Islamic State militants came as French officials reported that coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris had left at least 129 people dead and 352 wounded.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said ISIS must be destroyed with a coalition of US allies because the attacks in Paris were an attack against Western civilisation.

"Action is required. Time is of the essence. Negotiations, ambivalence or delay are not acceptable," Kasich said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recalled the September 11 2001, attacks and said he's afraid that Americans have forgotten the fear and risk they felt afterward.

"We have seen evil visited upon innocent people once again," he said. "Our outrage must turn into action and resolve."

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said the latest terrorist attacks serve as a cautious reminder why the US border needs to be secured to keep out "radical, evil terrorists." Echoing Jindal was Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who said more scrutiny is needed of "refugees, visitors and students" entering the US to determine whether anyone is here "to do us harm."

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