|Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell. © Win McNamee / AFP|
Following the terrorist attacks on Brussels' Zaventem Airport and Metro stations, the former deputy director of the CIA said the jihadist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISISI/ISIL) is "winning" in its efforts to attack Western targets.
Michael Morell, deputy director of the CIA for more than three years during Obama administration, said Tuesday on CBS 'This Morning' that the Brussels attacks are a "reflection of how large, how compartmented, how sophisticated the ISIS capability is in Europe."
While the US continues to strike IS targets in Syria and Iraq, the jihadist group is "growing rapidly in the rest of the world," he added.
"So I would say they're winning, right? They're winning, and we're going to have to find additional approaches to try to undermine them," Morell said.
Morell added that he believes IS has "more territory today around the world than they did at any time, and they've conducted now attacks in Paris, San Bernardino and now in Brussels."
IS has developed a sprawling jihadist network that originated from Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which emerged following the US invasion of that nation in 2003.
As of March 15, the US-led coalition of countries fighting IS has conducted 10,962 airstrikes against IS targets, with more than 7,300 of those strikes occurring in Iraq. The US has conducted 8,386 of those total strikes. As of February 29, the cost of "kinetic operations" against IS, which began in August 2014, was $6.5 billion, according to the US Department of Defense.
Well, somebody is benefiting from this war. It's not the people of Syria or Iraq; it's not the Europeans who are being invaded by Islam; it's not the coalition countries that are spending kazillions of dollars on bombs and aircraft; it is, of course, the people who make those bombs and aircraft.
Coalition countries are mortgaging their children's and grandchildren's lives so that a handful of arms merchants can get filthy, and I mean filthy, rich. They are those whose massive wealth comes with the blood of millions of victims whether soldiers or innocent women and children; it makes no difference to them. They are those who always benefit from war and it would be utterly naive to think that they weren't somehow complicit in ensuring that there is always a war someplace. Gotta keep the inventory moving.
It is the senseless pulverizing of Syria and Iraq that is causing a large part of the migrant crisis. It is why Europe is being invaded at the invitation of Angela Merkel. It is why European culture is rapidly deteriorating and will be nearly obliterated in one or two generations.
This terror crisis should be bringing Europeans to their knees, not to be beheaded by Muslims, but to draw close to the real God, the only one Who can truly defeat the Satanic Cult of Islam.
Here is a question I would ask every Muslim entering Europe: Do you believe Allah rewards suicide bombers who kill infidels?
If the answer to that question is yes, then they are someone who is sympathetic to terrorists and should have no place in Europe. Of course, the Quran permits Muslims to lie to infidels (that's us) so you have to take another step and require them to disavow those statements in the Quran or Hadith where Mohammed states emphatically that they do.
The Brussels attackers detonated bombs in a departure area of Zaventem Airport where travelers enter prior to security checkpoints. Morell said that this tactic, of setting off bombs before security, indicates that airports in the US and elsewhere must have checkpoints immediately upon entering an airport.
"Absolutely," Morell said about the need for renewed security protocol in the US. "We're going to have to adjust to what they're doing."