Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken claimed that the recent string of deadly ISIS attacks shows that the group is weakening, according to Politico.
Blinken was interviewed on CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday. While on the show, he claimed that members of ISIS are “lashing out” because they are losing territory and becoming vulnerable; “Territory matters a great deal…If you take that away from them, if you take the foundation away, the whole edifice starts to crumble. And that’s why we see them lashing out in different places.”
Blinken further elaborated that he believed ISIS is losing power because “They’re reverting back to a different model of terrorism, which were these indiscriminate terror attacks.”
Blinken ultimately concluded that the Obama administration’s response to ISIS has been successful. At least one CNN host seemed skeptical.
“If this is success,” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota replied, “we hate to see failure.”