On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, House Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul (R., Texas) said he thinks the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State represents a turning point that will open the American people’s eyes to the group’s true nature.
“Well, I do think they present the greatest threat we’ve seen since 9/11,” McCaul said. “This has been festering for the last year and now it’s culminating with the killing and beheading of an American journalist.”
McCaul warned that the Islamic State would love nothing more than to hit the U.S. homeland, and called for more American air strikes in the region. “We need to expand these air strikes so that we can ultimately defeat and eliminate ISIS,” he said, “because I would far prefer to eliminate them over here than have to deal with them in the United States.”