Obama CIA chief says Biden’s Afghanistan exit ‘completely impressed’ jihadists, emboldened Al Qaeda
Former Obama CIA Director Michael Morell mentioned Sunday that President Biden’s chaotic retreat from Afghanistan and subsequent Taliban takeover “completely impressed” jihadists and emboldened terrorists throughout the globe.
Morell, who twice served as performing director of the CIA underneath the Obama-Biden administration and was thought of a frontrunner to then-President-elect Joe Biden’s for a similar place, informed CBS’ “Face the Nation on Sunday” that the Taliban will possible “circulation again” into Afghanistan, making the area “extra harmful than different spots on the planet.”
“I believe that the Taliban successful the battle in Afghanistan, after which the way in which our exit occurred, has completely impressed jihadists everywhere in the world,” Morell informed host Margaret Brennan.
“The Taliban is saying, we simply did not defeat the US, we defeated NATO. We defeated the world’s best navy energy, ever. So there is a celebration happening,” he added.
“I believe, not solely will the jihadists be impressed, however numerous them are going to return to Afghanistan to be a part of the celebration, to be a part of jihadist central,” he mentioned.
Morell made the remark because the nation marked the 20th anniversary of the Al Qaeda orchestrated 9/11 terrorist assaults. For the primary time since then, the previous intelligence official mentioned he believes Afghanistan will now turn out to be “extra harmful than different spots on the planet” with the terrorist group regaining management.
Requested whether or not the U.S. is at larger threat within the area with out a navy presence within the nation, Morell mentioned pointedly “we’re extra in danger, indubitably.”
“We haven’t but put collectively a technique…to gather intelligence, after which the Division. of Protection has to determine this over the horizon functionality,” he mentioned.
Biden confronted mounting criticism from lawmakers and officers inside his personal occasion over the US’ botched evacuation mission.
Former Obama Protection Secretary Leon Panetta, who has held a number of public workplace positions underneath Democratic administrations and labored carefully with then-vice president Biden, told “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” on Monday that “crucial factor for this president to do is be prepared to simply accept accountability for the errors and transfer on, and to mainly do what’s essential now to guard our nationwide safety.”
Panetta mentioned Biden has a accountability “to do regardless of the hell is critical to get all U.S. personnel and Afghan allies who fought alongside us out of Afghanistan.”
Democratic strategist and Fox Information contributor Jessica Tarlov mentioned on “The 5” later Monday that the previous Obama allies’ public rebuke of the president possible dealt a heavy blow inside his administration.
“These are Obama-Biden officers…they obtained picked by Obama and Joe Biden collectively,” she mentioned. “These are these from your individual staff as a result of it’s not simply Democrats saying that. It’s ones that you just’ve labored with for years and individuals who you’ve usually labored with for many years.”