Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Grim Analysis From Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on ''Worldwide threats to America and our allies'' in Capitol Hill, Washington February 9, 2016. REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA

David Ignatius, Real Clear World/Washington Post: A Reality Check From America's Spy Chief

WASHINGTON -- America's top spymaster offered contrarian assessments of some key issues -- warning against "hyping" the threat posed by the Syrian terror group Jabhat al-Nusra, cautioning against administration plans to share intelligence with Russia on Syrian targets, and questioning Turkish claims that last Friday's coup was organized by a cleric living in America.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made the characteristically blunt comments in an interview Wednesday. They expanded on his warning in a May interview that the U.S. can't by itself "fix" the problems of the turbulent Middle East. Clapper's skeptical view is shared by President Obama and has reinforced the administration's wariness about committing military force in Syria.

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WNU editor: Nothing positive from the National Intelligence Director .... nothing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The liar lies again. Jabhat al Nusra may not be actively setting up cells or putting out literature and videos that encourages lone wolf attacks but they are al qaeda. And the only reason they haven't been vocal about making us a target for their ~20,000 strong army is because guys like Clapper keep stringing them along and giving them hope that they could be someday incorporated into some hillary clinton coalition of syrian islamists cobbled together to overthrow assad. The past 3 months saw the US remove Ahrar al Sham from the designated list of terrorists, despite being an arm-length extension of Nusra, because the foreign players can no longer pretend that the islamists aren't the only meaningful opposition.