In an appearance on CBS News show Face the Nation, the former deputy director of the CIA said Obama’s ISIS strategy has failed. During his interview, former CIA official Michael Morell also said that eventually ISIS will try to replicate the Paris attacks here in the United States.
Watch Michael Morell discussing the Obama administration’s failed ISIS strategy and why it’s time for a new strategy to fight the Islamic State militant group in the video below.
Here is part of what Morell had to say on Sunday’s Face the Nation.
“We’ve had an ISIS affiliate in the Sinai apparently – we don’t know for sure yet – bringing down an airliner, only the third airliner brought down by a bomb in the last quarter century. And we’ve had the second largest terrorist attack in Western Europe since 9/11, the largest since Madrid in 2004,” Michael Morell, CBS News’ senior national security contributor, said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “When you put those two things together and you put together this attempt to build an attack capability in the West, I think it’s now crystal clear to us that our strategy, our policy vis-à-vis ISIS is not working and it’s time to look at something else.”
Obama: Anti-ISIS Strategy will not Change
With questions and concerns around the Obama ISIS strategy, the President of the United States has been on the defensive since the Paris attacks.
A recent Military Times report shared the following…
President Obama said the recent terrorist attacks on Paris will lead to an “intensification” of the fight against Islamic State militants, but will not fundamentally change his strategy nor his reluctance to put more U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria.
“We have the right strategy and we’re seeing it through,” Obama said Monday at a news conference in Antalya, Turkey, at the close of a summit of 20 nations.
“There will be an intensification of the strategy we put forward, but the strategy that we are putting forward is the strategy that ultimately is going to work. But as I said from the start, it is going to take time,” Obama said.
Critics of Obama ISIS Strategy Speak Out
“There should be no doubt that ISIL poses a direct threat to the United States,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement. “This growing threat is a failure of U.S. foreign policy, and if the Administration does not get more serious about combatting it, our nation and our people will pay a grave price.”
Another outspoken critic is Frederick Kagan, head of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute and a longtime adviser to U.S. military commanders. Kagan has called for sending another 10,000 to 20,000 U.S. troops to Iraq to fight ISIS.
After the Paris attacks, Kagan said, “We have been expecting something like this to happen — and I expect more. The idea that ISIL was a local phenomenon focused on Iraq and Syria was not true. The whole story we have been telling ourselves has been demonstrably wrong — a fantasy world of our own making. It has been apparent for some time you can’t contain ISIL in Iraq and Syria.”
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