PressTV: US officials pessimistic in campaign against terrorism: Analysis

More fear porn purveyed by the United States! Anyone surprised? ~J

Sun Mar 8, 2015 10:6AM

James Clapper, director of national intelligence, testifying during a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee last month

James Clapper, director of national intelligence, testifying during a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee last month

Recent assessments by counterterrorism officials and experts in the United States reflect an increasingly pessimistic outlook in the US campaign against terrorism, according to new analysis.

US intelligence officials emphasize that al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups it inspired have not only survived 14 years of intense US-led military campaign, but have also spread, according to an analysis by the Washington Postpublished on Saturday.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a recent congressional testimony that the trend of terrorism was worse “than at any other point in history.”

US counterterrorism officials have entered a period of particular gloom amid a series of discouraging developments, including the growth of the ISIL terrorist group and the ongoing influx of foreign militants entering Syria to join the group.

Some veteran analysts in the US counterterrorism community believe the risk of terrorist attacks is accumulating rapidly.

“You’ve got a much bigger counterterrorism problem than you had a few years ago,” said John McLaughlin, a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Terrorist groups “have never had territory of this magnitude. Never had this much money. Never this much access to Western passport holders. Never had the narrative they have now,” he added.

Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA, told a New York police terrorism conference last week that he doubted the end of ISIL and al-Qaeda was near. “This is long term,” he said. “My children’s generation and my grandchildren’s generation will still be fighting this fight.”

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists, some of whom were among the militants trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government, control large parts of Iraq and Syria.

A new analysis by Reuters also suggests that the US strategy in Syria to fight ISIL terrorists has stalled after the collapse of a major Washington-backed militant group operating in the country.

The Hazm movement fell apart last week shortly after the United States and Turkey launched a program aimed at training militants to fight the Syrian government and the ISIL terrorist group.

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3 Responses to PressTV: US officials pessimistic in campaign against terrorism: Analysis

  1. alexchubb8 says:

    Hey Jean PresstituteTV has been fabricating stories about our country, the United States. I don’t mean to go all “Patriotic” on you but the Iranian based “news” outlet does indeed fabricate stories to make the US look worse than it actually is.

    Be careful what you print from that source. Some of it is exaggerated or completely fabricated. And these weren’t just minor errors. The errors that were pointed out by @veteransToday were very serious military intelligence lies that could probably be considered treason if they came from the United States.

    If PressTV seems fantastical, and a lot of times it does, it probably is.

    Thanks guys!

    • Jean says:

      Yes, I’ve heard that today . . . and apparently Veterans Today has also picked up the story! Now, though, they are not just a news organization – they have a political agenda to get Gordon Duff nominated for President . . must watch everything so carefully right. . . it’s really tough . . . thanks and hugs, ~Jean

      • alexchubb8 says:

        Gordon Duff will not be the 45th President of the United States barring some major public revelation, and he doesn’t even want to be elected. Hell, he doesn’t even want to be the Senior Editor at VT! He is just doing what everyone else does when they realize the truth– tell as many people as they can. The fact is, Gordon is extremely qualified to do what he does, and I suspect he was pushed by his peers and readers to become a candidate for President, yet he is certainly not interested in “political gains” or any political reason at all. To compare VT and Gordon Duff to ordinary “news” organizations or corrupt, politically motivated persons is flat out ludicrous when it is fairly easy to ascertain that these men are brilliant researchers that could be doing anything other devoting their lives to the public. (which they already have done once before when they joined the military)

        The truth is, nobody in their right mind enjoys cracking down on worldwide gangsters. We would all much rather live in a world free of crime, or at least a world not run by Satanists.

        Listen Jean, after the next election process guess who is still going to be there busting the balls of the bad guys. Gordon Duff. And also the rest of the brave personalities at VT. And guess how much money they receive in exchange for all their exhaustive work. $0.00 .

        I would ask you to revise your thought process on Gordon Duff and Veterans Today having a political agenda. After 10 years of doing the internet conspiracy theory thing, it is an incredible relief to know that these awesome gentlemen, having a military background, are deeply concerned about the current global situation, especially given the current global situation, which will almost certainly require military intervention into the corrupt affairs of Zionism etc etc.

        Even though Duff has better things to do, wouldn’t you like to see him debating these criminals and Hilary on national television? I sure would. Probably would make her and the rest of them sick in the stomach.

        Anyways, I’ve said too much, but saying that Veterans Today is “politically motivated” means that you either don’t follow then very closely are you yourself have an agenda I have not yet uncovered. If you can’t trust those guys then I’m not sure you can trust anyone, Jean.

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