James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA, is warning all Americans that Iraqi forces re-taking the city of Ramadi is no doubt welcome news in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS), but the U.S. military should not relax, he said in an interview with Newsmax TV Monday. “It’s a good step. It’s a positive thing, and we shouldn’t denigrate it if the Iraqi Armed Forces are now getting organized enough that they don’t run at the sight of ISIS, but rather take them on and beat them.”
The former CIA director considers recent events in the Middle East to be a hopeful change for the better. Yet he cautiously said, “ISIS is still going to come after us here in the United States, they’re going after more replays of Paris and Europe. We’ve got a long, hard fight ahead of us.” Woolsey served as director of Central Intelligence under President Bill Clinton.
ISRAEL MUST DEFEND ITSELF FROM ISIS “… BECAUSE IT DOES NOT HAVE A FRIEND IN THE WHITE HOUSE AT LEAST FOR THE NEXT YEAR.”
He went on to say that U.S. airstrikes aren’t effective because they are too few in number. “Go back in the time of the first Gulf War, we were flying thousands of sorties a day. And now here in Iraq and a little bit in Syria we’re flying a few sorties a day and most of those don’t deliver their ordnance. The air controller has to get his recommendation referred back to a committee hundreds of miles away with senior officers and maybe a lawyer or two to decide whether they can execute a strike. It really is a ridiculous way to try to win an air war.”
In fact he says, the United States should also be concerned about the Taliban being part of the Afghan government. “We have left them a sanctuary, a thousand-mile-long sanctuary in Pakistan, and, basically, we have a very, very hard time effectively over time fighting the Taliban. We have not had good choices made in many circumstances by their prime minister, and we got a very difficult situation in Afghanistan.”
Woolsey warns that Russia isn’t fighting ISIS in Syria to help us in any way. They are there to prop up President Basher Assad as well as protect their access to ports in the Middle East. He added that Israel has a legitimate right to defend itself against ISIS. That is obvious “because it does not have a friend in the White House at least for the next year. The whole relationship with Israel has been very different in this administration than in any administration that’s gone before whatever our sometimes differences and disagreements with the Israelis.”