Adam Schiff: Paris Attack Due to ‘Failure’ of Campaign Against Islamic State

• November 15, 2015 12:32 pm

Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) said Sunday that the Islamic State's attack on Paris was due to the "failure" of the U.S.-led campaign against the terrorist group.

"This is not just an intelligence failure, it's a failure also of the coalition campaign," said Schiff, who is the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee.

Schiff said the coalition campaign had failed to deny the Islamic State the territory and resources it needed to plot international attacks. The Islamic State has been linked to major terrorist attacks in France, Egypt, and Lebanon within the last month, in addition to frequent atrocities within its self-declared caliphate.

"We have allowed ISIS to have sanctuary in Syria and Iraq with too much time to plan and plot, too much resources to be directed against us," Schiff said.

Schiff's comments are a notable rebuke of the campaign that Obama credited with "containing" the Islamic State.

Schiff said that the U.S. could be hit next if it did not rethink its strategy to defeat the terror group.

"Unless that changes strategically, we can expect more attacks like this," Schiff said. "We are a harder target, a harder target to reach, but we know that ISIS aspires to attack us here in the United States as well."

Since the Islamic State's inception, the Obama administration has been slow to acknowledge the threat it posed to the U.S. In 2014, Obama referred to IS as a "JV" team and has maintained that the group was on the defensive.