The United States needs to take the threat of the Islamic State more seriously than the “JV team” characterization President Obama gave the group in an interview earlier this year, according to Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.). He warned of a potential attack within American borders, especially in light of recent intelligence that Americans citizens are working with the group.
“Do they have the capability to hit the homeland? I would say yes — it’s about time now to assume the worst about these guys rather than underestimating them,” Graham said on CNN’s State of the Union. “They’re in competition with the other jihadist groups, and the gold medal will be awarded to the group that can hit America.”
A successful hit on American soil would increase the Islamic State’s status and attract more recruits to the terrorist organization, he explained.