May 19, 2016

Top intelligence olfficial admits failure in Middle East

The Hill

The top U.S. intelligence official is running out of options to bring peace to war-ravaged parts of the Middle East.

“I don’t have an answer,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in an interview with Washington Post columnist David Ignatius.

“The U.S. can’t fix it. The fundamental issues they have — the large population bulge of disaffected young males, ungoverned spaces, economic challenges and the availability of weapons — won’t go away for a long time.”

Even if armed forces are able to root out al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, the area will “be in a perpetual state of suppression for a long time,” Clapper added.

The comments are among the most pessimistic about the Middle East’s future from the nation’s top spy and reflect growing conviction within the administration that the protracted instability will outlast President Obama’s time in office.


greg gerritt said...

The only sane thign the US can do is pull all US personnel out of the middle east nad stop breaking things.

Anonymous said...

Obama had a chance to act on the lessons of history when he came Into office. He chose to muddle along in his own version of Vietnam. If only he had the vision of Richard Nixon.