Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA under President Barack Obama, criticized his former boss for his handling of the ISIS terrorist threat.
Appearing on Meet the Press, Panetta said the President’s stated goals in regards to ISIS “to disrupt, dismantle and destroy ISIS” are correct. However, he continued, “But I think the resources applied to that mission, frankly, have not been sufficient to confront that.”
“For that reason, I think, we’ve got to be much more aggressive and much more unified in the effort to take on ISIS,” Panetta concluded.
“This effort is not coordinated,” Panetta said. “People are not working together, everybody’s kind of doing their own thing on different targets. We need to unify the command, we need to set a joint command center where all of these countries are together on their objectives.”
“And secondly,” Panetta continued, “we need to increase our effort there. We need to increase the tempo of our airstrikes; we need to organize ground forces, particularly the Sunnis and the Kurds, and arm them so that they can take territory back from ISIS. And frankly, we need to increase Special Forces and our intelligence advisers, not only to guide these forces but to go with them in order to ensure that we are successful in this effort.”