Every American should pay attention to Mike Morell’s op-ed in Time Magazine. Morell is the former Acting Director of the CIA during the Obama administration. His no-nonsense opening to his op-ed cuts directly to the proverbial case. That’s where he starts by saying “I was an intelligence officer for 33 years. When intelligence officers write or brief, they start with the bottom line. Here it is: ISIS poses a major threat to the US and to US interests abroad and that threat is growing every day.” Morell then said that the “FBI has over 900 open investigations into homegrown extremists.” Unfortunately, according to Morell, that isn’t the worst news.
That’s terrible news because it contradicts President Obama’s statement last Friday that ISIS was contained, which it clearly isn’t. The definition of contained is “to prevent or limit the expansion, influence, success, or advance of (a hostile nation, competitor, opposing force, natural disaster.” Clearly, the dictionary’s definition of contained is significantly different than President Obama’s definition of the word contained. There are three possibilities to explain this difference.
The first possibility is that they don’t have a dictionary in the White House, which isn’t likely. Another possibility is that President Obama is getting bad information from the CIA in his Presidential Daily Briefs, aka PDBs. That isn’t likely either. The other possibility is that he’s fibbing because President Obama can’t admit that his policies have failed. That’s the most likely possibility.
These paragraphs are downright frightening:
Over time, if not significantly degraded, the ISIS threat to the Homeland will become a direct one, that is, an ISIS ability to plan and direct attacks on the Homeland from the group’s safe haven in Iraq and Syria, just like the group did in Paris last week.
Such attacks are deeply concerning because they carry the potential to be much more sophisticated and complex, and therefore more dangerous, than than homegrown attacks, again just like in Paris last week, or London in 2005, or even 9/11 itself. And, in something that should get everyone’s attention, ISIS has shown an interest in weapons of mass destruction.
“Over time” may be shorter than many think. The attack in Paris was the first manifestation of an effort that ISIS made to put together an attack capability in Europe—an effort that they began less than a year ago.
It’s time to change directions ASAP. This isn’t about playing politics. It’s about protecting Americans from another horrific terrorist attack, one which likely would be significantly more lethal than 9/11 because it might include weapons of mass destruction.
If Mrs. Clinton won’t take ISIS seriously, then that should disqualify her from being the next president. Considering the fact that she said that ISIS “isn’t America’s fight,” it’s difficult to argue that she’s taking ISIS seriously.