Col. North: 'White House Has Brought Cascade of Catastrophe on Itself'
The White House is continuing to mull a response to the advance of Islamic militants toward Baghdad, reportedly looking into a partnership with Iran to counter the growing violence. The possible alliance comes as graphic photos are surfacing purportedly showing Iraqis murdered by ISIS terrorists.
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the administration was "open to discussions" with Tehran if they can help end the violence. He told Yahoo! News he would "not rule out anything that would be constructive."
The deliberations come as the U.S. moved more assets into the region in preparation for a possible mass evacuation of Americans. According to U.S. Navy officials, the USS Mesa Verde is moving into the Persian Gulf with about 500 Marines on board, to help in the event of an evacuation.
In addition, a senior U.S. military official confirmed to Fox News that the U.S. is sending nearly 100 troops to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to provide additional security. The embassy remains open, but the State Department already has started to "temporarily" send some embassy staff to other consulate locations in Iraq.
Bill Hemmer talked with Fox News contributor Steve Hayes and Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland this morning on the mixed messages coming from President Obama, who said June 10 that "the world is safer than it's ever been." Critics are also highlighting the fact that President Bush warned in 2007 that there could be "mass killings on a horrific scale" by an even more dangerous enemy if U.S. troops left the country.
McFarland said the U.S. position in the world is similar to the end of the administration of Jimmy Carter
"The world perceives a weak president and America retreating from the world, and every dictator decides 'this is open season. I'm gonna get what I can from America. This is my moment.' As bad as today’s headlines were, you're going to see a lot more going on in the final two years of President Obama's presidency," she said.
Hayes believes the president's recent remarks are more evidence of him seeing the world "as he wishes it to be," adding that the administration repeatedly touted al Qaeda being on the run during the 2012 campaign.
"You had the CIA Director John Brennan suggest in April 2012 that Al Qaeda was going to be eliminated altogether by the end of this decade. That was fantasy then and it's fantasy now. We need a president who's actually going to take seriously the threats that are posed to the United States throughout the world and stop seeing the world as he wants it to be," said Hayes.
Watch the full interview above.
North warned that part of ISIS' charter is attacks on the United States homeland, arguing that the group now has large swaths of territory in Iraq from which to operate and plan attacks. He noted that after ransacking banks, the Sunni militants have from $500 million to $1 billion in "cold, hard currency."
"This is a presidency that hasn't taken anything seriously enough, all the way back to Fast and Furious through the Bergdahl Five and now this catastrophe. This is a cascade of catastrophe that the Obama administration has brought upon itself. These aren’t things that have been unknown to the rest of the national security community. Jordan has been claiming for months that ISIS is growing in such strength that it could threaten Jordan," said North.
He then pushed back against the idea of working alongside the Iranians, saying Tehran worked to "kill Americans routinely" in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Watch the discussion with North below: