Those current and former members of America’s intelligence community who are allowed to speak publicly have long been warning that ISIS poses a threat to American national security.
George W. Bush’s former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor Juan Zarate warned that Iraq has become “a cauldron of future terrorist threats to the west.” Obama’s former acting CIA Director Mike Morell observed that ISIS’s second goal after securing a caliphate in Iraq and Syria is to “use that as a safe haven to attack the United States.” Even Secretary of State John Kerry has cautioned that ISIS may represent a long-term threat to American national security.
Don’t believe your own ears, say Obama administration officials. NBC News White House Correspondent Chris Jansing reported on Monday that the president is not especially concerned about those who are criticizing his approach to the Iraq crisis. The White House is, however, pushing back on the notion that Obama is not doing enough to address what appears to be a nascent threat to the U.S. homeland.
“They say there is nothing in the intelligence that suggests that ISIS is prepared or even as interest in attacking the U.S. homeland,” Jansing revealed.
In a poetic turn of events, this statement was proven not especially well-founded within an hour when CNN reported that an alleged “ISIS sympathizer” had been arrested at JFK airport in New York City.
CNN’s Evan Perez reported that Donald Ray Morgan, an American who recently returned from Germany, was arrested in JFK after sending out a variety of messages on social media in support of ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria. Morgan had also reportedly spent some time in Lebanon. He was denied bond by a judge after being arrested on illegal weapons trafficking and possession charges.
Of course, seeing as the rise of ISIS in the Mideast represents no threat to American national security, this is probably just the administration being thorough.