Sen Lindsey Graham says that Obama ignored the threat the terror group ISIS poses to the United States during a Thursday press conference when he declared the crisis was over for Yazidis trapped on a stiflingly hot mountaintop in Iraq.
“We broke the [ISIS] siege of Mount Sinjar,” Obama told reporters. “We helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped save many innocent lives.”
The Yazidis are a religious minority that have been targeted by Islamic militant group ISIS, which demands they convert to Islam or be killed.
The United Nations disagreed that the crisis is over, saying in its own press conference Thursday that thousands more Yazidis are still stranded on Mount Sinjar and need assistance.
Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said that Obama continues to ignore intelligence reports that ISIS — also known as ISIL and the Islamic State — intends to attack the United States homeland.
“I’m disappointed in the commander in chief for not addressing the threat that ISIL presents to the United States,” Graham said, “not leveling with the American people that the threat we face is not just in Iraq and Syria, but these people intend to attack us here at home, and he has no strategy to deal with that.”
ISIS leaders have vowed to raise their flag over the White House.
Graham said members of the intelligence community have told him and every other member of Congress that ISIS intends to strike on U.S. soil.
Obama, he said, is ignoring the same information, and refuses to even address the issue because it would be an admission that his policies in Iraq have failed.