ISIS is claiming responsibility for multiple bombings in Brussels, Belgium, that left dozens dead and hundreds injured, and terrorism expert Richard Miniter says the attacks were a direct message to the United States, which must be much more effective at fighting back.
Miniter also panned President Obama’s brief reaction to the bombings and critiqued the responses of the top Republican presidential candidates as well.
On Tuesday morning, bombings ripped through the terminal in Brussels, near the American Airlines ticket counter. Another device blew up in a crowded subway station during morning rush hour. Estimates of deaths and injuries vary, but all accounts have at least 28 dead and more than 200 injured.
In a column written shortly after the attack, Miniter said the specific location of the airport bombing was deliberate.
“I don’t think it was any accident that the bombers chose to blow up the American Airlines check-in desk. Not only that, of the three American Airlines check-in desks, they close the one closest to the Starbucks. They were trying to kill Americans, not just Europeans,” said Miniter, who believes the attack was also a message to the U.S. government.
He told WND and Radio America, “I think this attack in Brussels was also a message to the White House. ‘If you step up air attacks and ground attacks against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, we will retaliate with terrorist attacks like this one and bring down your presidency, Mr. Obama.’”
Miniter is also quite certain ISIS plans to do a lot more than kill Americans abroad. He said the San Bernardino terrorist attack in December taught the Islamic radicals a lot.
“There are a lot of soft targets in America, not just public schools but also shopping malls and other unguarded, unpatrolled areas,” he said. “They see a target-rich environment in the United States.”