Evidence such as the black box recording which indicates that there was an explosion in the aircraft, the satellite technology that did pick up a flash of heat on the airplane, and the fact that ISIS declared war on Russia points to the fact that the plane crash was the result of a terrorist attack. Putin has made the bold statement that Russia is suspending all flights to Egypt.
Top congressional leaders (Capitol Hill Democrats and Republicans, including leaders in intelligence, foreign policy and homeland security) are expressing little doubt that ISIS is responsible for the crashed Russian airliner. They are calling for heightened security as well as revamped U.S foreign policy.
Texas GOP representative, Mike McCaul who is the chairman of the House of Homeland Security Committee told Fox News that he has a “high degree of confidence” that ISIS did plant a bomb on the Russian airliner and that the plane did explode in midair on October 31 in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. He continues by saying that the Transportation Security Administration has been proactive in ordering additional security but that the Obama Administrations unenthusiastic efforts to destroy the Islamic State group in Syria and other places in the Middle East is to blame for the tragedy.
Schiff, a California Democrat, told ABC, “I agree that the president's approach basically has a battlefield that is pretty static and that more is going to have to be done”. Schiff also suggested that eradicating ISIS could take 15 to 20 years without ground support from such countries as Turkey and Jordan. He continues by stating “I … think that ISIS may have concluded that the best way to defeat airport defenses is not to go through them, but to go around them with the help of somebody on the inside. And if that's the case, I think there are probably at least a dozen airports in the region and beyond that are vulnerable to the same kind of approach, which is exactly why we have to harden those defenses”. The other law makers agree with his statement.
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein “really believes [that], we will fight (ISIS) now or we will fight them later”. On the subject of bombs she said “the kinds of bombs vary. The one I'm most worried about is the one that there have been four attempts to bring into this country.” She also states that she hopes that this tragedy is a major “wake up call” for the U.S and Russia.
Even though the U.S has about 50 Special Forces members in Syria, she simply says that won’t cut it.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/11/08/congress-make-bipartisan-calls-for-obama-to-step-up-isis-attacks-in-wake-downed/ (videos attached)
How do you think the Obama Administration will react to the request for more action? Do you think Obama will send more special forces members over? Why or why not?
The evidence from the black box and the satellites point to a bomb exploding on board the plane, do you think this is enough evidence to conclude that this was indeed a terrorist attack? Why or why not?