Following the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Orlando on Sunday, CIA Director John Brennan appeared today before the Senate Intelligence Committee to detail the state of ISIS’s strength and global reach, warning us all that ISIS is as dangerous as ever. President Obama’s previous assessment of ISIS as the “JV Team” proved to be a dangerous, premature, and severely off base, especially now that they carried out or inspired attacks in Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S.
At the Senate Intelligence committee hearing, Brennan detailed the threat that ISIS poses to America at home and abroad despite a two-year military campaign:
BRENNAN: “Unfortunately, despite all our progress against [Islamic State] on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach.”
BRENNAN: “The group’s foreign branches and global networks can help preserve its capability for terrorism regardless of events in Iraq and Syria.”
Brennan also warned that ISIS is prepared to carry out more attacks in the United States and Europe by inserting refugees into western countries by legitimate methods of travel and using social media as propaganda platforms to push their perverse ideology of hate and death.
As the CIA Director confirmed today, ISIS is not the “JV Team,” that President Obama grossly mislabeled two years ago. Instead, they have a fighting force of more than 35,000 across parts of the Middle East and Africa, far greater than the number of al Qaeda fighters had at its zenith. ISIS presents a grave threat to our national security, and Brennan made clear today that stronger and more aggressive methods are needed in order to keep us safe.