CIA Director John Brennan said Friday that the Islamic State had “snowballed” beyond Iraq and Syria, expanding its presence in more than 90 countries.
Brennan’s statement marks a change from the narrative the Obama administration has been pushing on the success of the fight against ISIS.
“Left unchecked, the group would pose a serious danger not only to Syria and Iraq, but to the wider region and beyond, including the threat of attacks in the homelands of the United States and our partners,” Brennan told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
He added that ISIS takes advantage of new technology to “coordinate operations, attract new recruits, disseminate propaganda and inspire sympathizers across the globe to act in their name.”
The CIA director said that the terror group has ballooned in size to about 20,000 members, and points to the recent pledge of allegiance to ISIS by Nigeria-based Boko Haram.
Of course Brennan’s statement is different from O’s narrative. O would like us to believe they’re still JV size and that the air strikes are effective, but Brennan’s estimate on their size is wrong too. According to Breitbart’s report that headcount of 20,000 just covers the Westerners who have left home to join ISIS. It doesn’t take into account the pre-existing jihadists that already numbered in the thousands.
The visual below, based upon a British think-tank’s unclassified research, shows just how international a recruitment wave this is, with almost every country on the map sending recruits to fight in just Syria alone.
Retired General James Clapper, recently testified that the terrorist threat is worse than at any other time in history and Major General Michael Nagata, responsible for planning our response to the civil war in Syria, has stated that the Islamic State is now more dangerous than Al Qaeda.
The key mistakes upon which the current strategy is built are:
- The White House’s belief in the ability to “degrade and destroy” ISIS through air power alone
- The belief that Iran can be leveraged as an ally against ISIS
- Gambling on Islamic rebels such as the Free Syrian Army as a way to remove President Assad of Syria, and mostly important:
- The belief that ideology is irrelevant to the enemy we face and that this war can be won solely through military means or local proxies.
Each one of these premises is flawed and is undermining US national interests as well as the safety and stability of our regional allies.
When you don’t call things by their real name, you always get in trouble. O and his administration are more concerned with labels and islamophobia than they are with people’s lives. By refusing to make any link to radical Islam, he is enabling ISIS, who is no longer a rag-tag team of terrorists, if they ever were.
They are enormous in number and are indeed engaged in a holy war. Until O admits it and commits to fight it, their growth will continue. Our leader is preoccupied with jetting to the West Coast to appear on late night TV and his plans to take down Hitlery while ignoring what could be the biggest problem the world has ever seen.