Florida senator Marco Rubio believes that the Islamic State poses a direct threat to the United States right now.
On CBS’s Face the Nation, Rubio laid out his reasons: “First and foremost, because they are replete with both European and American fighters — more Europeans than Americans — that have passports that allow them immediate access to the United States. Second, because I think it’s important not to overestimate the amount of intelligence that we have on these groups and about these groups. They have learned a lot about our intelligence-gathering capabilities through a series of disclosures and other sorts of things, and they have become increasingly capable of evading detection. So for us to simply sit back and say we don’t think they pose a threat because we haven’t seen one I think would be shortsighted.”
“The fact of the matter,” said Rubio, “is this group has among their ranks hundreds, if not thousands, of people with a capability of entering the United States quickly and easily, and we should not take that lightly.”