Vice President Joe Biden blasted Republicans with the argument that they are playing into the terrorists' hands and making America less safe by trying to exploit fear for political gain. After 9/11, the Bush administration gave al-Qaeda exactly what it wanted by sending US troops to Iraq. ISIL wants the United States to be afraid, and to send hundreds of thousands of young men and women to Syria and Iraq. Republicans are peddling the same fear-based policies that got the US into Iraq. Sending US ground troops back to the Middle East while denying refugees from ISIL sanctuary would provide the terrorist with a ready-made propaganda and recruitment campaign.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.