The Friday night terrorist attack in Paris drew strong reaction from members of Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation. Two of those members were in Jonesboro Saturday night at a fundraiser of the Craighead County Republican Party. US Senator Tom Cotton, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Agency, politicized the event, saying the United States needs to go on offense and defeat terrorist groups, like ISIS. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on Paris that killed over 130 people and injured over 300.
“We have to re-double our efforts in Iraq and Syria. It is clear the Islamic state is not going to stay there. We know that due to recent activity that has occurred over the past few weeks. If we continue to have the half-measures, such as limited bombings, the Islamic state will continue to attack us.”
US Representative Rick Crawford also took shots at President Obama, saying he is too complacent when it comes to fighting groups like ISIS:
“Before the events on Friday, President Obama stated that ISIS was contained and couldn’t carry out those attacks. Of course, a few hours later, we learn they did just that in France. We have a serious lack of leadership in the White House, which makes this upcoming election more important than ever.”
US Senator John Boozman, and US Representatives Bruce Westerman, French Hill, and Steve Womack all told Talk Business and Politics the United States should support France and maintain a focus on terrorist groups.