Asked about the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Sunday, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said President Obama should have already sent an unequivocal message that terrorist tactics, such as the beheading of American journalists James Foley and Stephen Sotloff will not be tolerated.
“So you’re talking about a massive response?” Bob Schieffer asked on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday. “Not hitting one target, but hitting as many as possible?”
“I think that when an American is murdered on television for the purpose of terrorizing Americans, there should be a response that you cannot, you would not analyze in terms of a normal response to provocation,” Kissinger said.
If Obama doesn’t respond sharply to such tactics, he continued, ISIS won’t get the message. “Something has to crystalize out of this violence, and it won’t happen without our leadership. We cannot do it all by ourselves, but we can make clear that certain tactics will be strongly resisted.”