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US Secret Service director Julia Pierson, has submitted her resignation in lieu of the latest events which pointed many fingers at the security organisation. The resignation however came after the incident of an intruder who jumped the fence to gain access to White House could do it successfully. Also, the inquiry into the same incident highlighted many such security lapses with the secret service, the one which has been entrusted the task of security of the President.
The growing threats of terrorists and such news stories could spell doom for America. The voices against Pierson were gaining strength and momentum. The agency is given the highest task on US soils and is thus supposed to be flawless and be able to maintain its previous position and operational standards. The security of the US President cannot be compromised on any grounds and thus Pierson had to submit to the criticism against her and the security lapses which have become a routine with the secret service.
Resonating the views of the Democrats, the republicans too had asked Pierson to step down. The lawmakers toned down her terming of the recent lapses as mere mistakes but stated that they were major security failures. The news of her resignation was seen as a welcome gesture and the lawmakers praised her decision to step down.
Julia Pierson offered her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday. A day earlier, she had faced angry questions in Congress about a major breach of White House security. Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson wrote in a statement.
“I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation.”
The White House has finally cleared all air which was not letting the dust settle down over President Obama’s policy about Islamic state brutal terrorism and massacres. The Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry had in his meetings with the media had avoided the terminology which he thought would engulf the common populations with a war fever. Kerry in his interview to one of the leading news channels had remarked that US will pursue and engage in a major counter-terrorism operation which is going to take longer than currently perceived widely.
Mr. Kerry is on a middle-east tour to gather support to counter ISIS and thereby building an anti-ISIS coalition. Last month has seen American warplanes and drones pounding the Islamic State territory which had also helped the Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces to regain strategic points in more than 160 operations.
According to the President’s latest strategy , US will expand its air-strikes in Iraq and also at the group’s stronghold in Syrian territory. Also, the Obama administration seeks to train the moderate rebels in Syria to be able to counter ISIS and rebuild the army in Iraq as many of its cadres had fled following the blitzkrieg by the ISIS in northern and western Iraq. The President had clarified that there won’t be any deployment of US ground troops in Iraq.
The word ‘war’ had triggered yet another debate over the much criticized and targeted Obama’s foreign policy especially after it came under fire when President said that he did not have a strategy to deal with ISIS even after the brutal beheading of two US journalists.
“The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al-Qaida and its affiliates all around the globe,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.