James Clapper is at it again. The former director of National Intelligence appeared on CNN to make another jab at President Trump. The White House is stunned by his comments.
Instead of rejoicing with the country that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader, was taken out in a raid conducted by U.S. forces, Clapper decided to stir up fear that the terrorist’s death could “galvanize ISIS.”
“What is going to be interesting is to the extent to which this negatively affects ISIS or does it galvanize ISIS, the remnants of ISIS, which still survives as an ideology and has franchises in other places besides Syria,” Clapper said.
He went on to comment that while Baghdadi is important, there are “14,000 to 18,000 fighters yet remaining and the franchise are branches in other places” and “we can’t stop worrying about ISIS.”
Of course, no one is proposing that ISIS is simply going to dissolve since Baghdadi is gone, but many are alleging that Clapper is creating a subtle narrative here to downplay the Trump Administration’s fight against terrorism.
We don’t remember Clapper throwing cold water on the death of Osama bin Laden — al-Qaeda certainly wasn’t wiped out, even though bin Laden’s defeat was a crucial victory. Clapper is just playing politics again.
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