America Considers Response to ISIS
President Barack Obama vowed justice will be served to Islamic militants who beheaded a second American journalist. Steven Sotloff was brutally killed in another video released by the group ISIS, which has been called the most brutal terrorist organization the country has faced. Recent developments have lead many voters to differ about how Americans should get involved.
"We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists; and those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget, and that our reach is long, and that justice will be served," President Barack Obama said in a speech from Estonia Wednesday.
In a press conference later televised, reporters questioned the President over how the country will respond to the threat.
"The bottom line is this, our objective is clear and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so it's no longer a threat not just to Iraq, but also to the region and to the United States," Obama said.
But, the message felt unclear for one local veteran. Larry Thornton is a member of the Asheville Detachment of the Marine Corps League.
"This ISIS bunch is making it abundantly clear that we're not playing and we're going to come get you. If we just sit back and do nothing, they're going to come get us; and we'll be fighting here rather than stopping them over there," says Thornton.
Larry says his circle of veterans and their families are growing concerned over the increased threat. He tells News13 he'd like to see a militarized strategy.
A Pentagon spokesperson said Wednesday there isn't a military solution. The answer, he says, is political, diplomatic and economic.
John Fundukien, of Flat Rock, agrees, "I think the solution is where we should focus and that's a world that's economically sound and accepting of a world population.
The Director of the National Counterterrorism Center told ABC News, Wednesday, that ISIS is not capable of the type of "large scale attack" that Al Qaeda was once able to carry out before 9/11. But, he says the terrorist group is still a significant threat to the United States.