Inhofe statement on the terrorist attack in Paris

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the attack of the "Charlie Hebdo Weekly" Paris offices this morning:

“The victims and their families of the terrorist attack in Paris today are in my thoughts and prayers. America stands with those who lost loved ones and with the country of France and all our allies on this issue of terrorism. This attack proves that we are facing an increasingly dangerous world, where oppressive and violent terrorists groups are more organized, better funded and more radical than what we were seeing more than a decade ago. I do not believe this attack is an isolated incident and unfortunately, I believe these types of attacks will continue if we do not recognize the vulnerability of not having a strategy for addressing regional and global terrorism.

“Terrorists, and specifically radical Muslim extremists, are at war with the West and the U.S. Unfortunately, this Administration has tragically treated these post-911 attacks like isolated police actions and believe releasing terrorists being detained by the U.S. will somehow increase our security. The terrorists see the U.S. retreating from the world and they see a president unwilling to be a world leader.

“To protect this nation, first and foremost the President needs to lay out a national security strategy, which he has failed to do in recent years, and end sequestration so that we can provide the necessary resources to achieve that strategy.  The United States must redouble its efforts to ensure our Embassies and our borders are protected and secured through fully supporting our military and law enforcement authorities. Finally, we must work with our allies to prevent future attacks and protect our homeland.”

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