House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy brings us his weekly post from Capitol Hill. In his own words:
"This week, we remember the thousands of innocent Americans who died on September 11, thirteen years ago while also remembering the four Americans who died on September 11, 2012 while serving our country in Benghazi, Libya.
"We will never forget the lives lost in New York, the Pentagon, on Flight 93, and those who fought and died to protect America in the years after. We must be constantly vigilant in our fight against terrorism, and we must reaffirm and strengthen our commitment to fighting this deadly scourge again today.
"Our nation is threatened once again by the renewed rise of terrorism around the globe and particularly in the Middle East. We did not ask to fight a war on terrorism, but war was declared on us. America desires peace but we will not sit idly as our citizens are executed and our homeland and allies are targeted. America has defeated great evils before, and I know our great nation can do so again.
"The American people heard from the President directly on the necessity for America to act to eliminate the threat ISIL poses to our country and our allies. The threat these terrorists pose to the United States and our allies cannot be tolerated, and I support the President taking military action in Iraq and Syria to combat this organization. But more must be done.
"We must recognize ISIL is but a symptom of a broader terrorist threat that has been ignored for too long by this Administration. Preventing the next 9-11 requires us to confront the reality that al Qaeda has metastasized, and that radical terrorists operating out of sanctuaries in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere pose a growing threat to the United States must be destroyed.
"If our efforts to combat this scourge are to be successful, it will require a level of commitment to this fight against terrorism not yet seen by this President. The Administration briefed Congress this week further on the President’s strategy, and Congress will do the vigorous oversight required in the days and months ahead to ensure that it is sufficient to meet this threat.
"A President who has made ending the war on terrorism the central focus of his foreign policy must now make winning it a priority. I stand ready to work with the President to destroy ISIL, win this fight, and ensure America’s continued safety.