Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said Sunday that President Joe Biden represents the United States’ “greatest national security threat.”
In an interview with Fox News host Mark Levin, Ratcliffe, who served in the top intelligence post under President Donald Trump, made his comments in response to a question about Biden’s foreign and national security policies.
“To your point, first on Afghanistan, I hope that it’s just something that has an impact for decades, I hope it’s not centuries; it’s the most profound loss for the United States, certainly in our lifetime,” Ratcliffe began.
“But one of my concerns there, and this goes to your larger question about what has Joe Biden done to our national security, he’s very currently harmed, but in so many respects beyond Afghanistan, but this most recent, most painful, colossal, epic failure in Afghanistan has literally breathed life into the radical Islamic terrorist movement, not just in Afghanistan, but around the world,” the former DNI and U.S. lawmaker from Texas added.
He went on to predict that U.S. intelligence officials aren’t really going to know the extent of the foreign policy damage done by the current president for “a long, long time to come.”
“I wrote an article as the Director of National Intelligence saying that China was our number one national security threat; I did that as I was walking out the door based on the …. fact that, you know, I’m the person that saw more intelligence than anyone else in the country over the past year, and China very much is that existential threat to our country,” Ratcliffe said.
“But if I had to write that op-ed today, I would tell you that I think our greatest national security threat, at least in the short term, is Joe Biden, and our national security apparatus,” he noted further.
He also said he believes that the U.S. is in a weaker position versus competitor nations like China, Russia, Iran, and Islamic terrorists because of Biden.
“I always look at what the intelligence, what I saw in that position, and one of the challenges here that we are facing for the next three years, is a president who’s not listening to the intelligence,” he went on.
“Our intelligence was crystal clear about what was going to happen in Afghanistan if we withdrew without conditions-based terms that we had negotiated and when Biden abandoned that plan,” Ratcliffe said, adding that “it went exactly to what we said was going to happen and that is unfortunately a trend that has continued where this administration and this national security apparatus keeps making bad decisions; keeps ignoring the actual intelligence that we have.
“And honestly, nothing concerns me more right now,” he told Levin, remarking that the chaotic, deadly pullout of Afghanistan was “demonstrating cowardice on the [inter]national stage to our allies and to our adversaries.”
“How do you think our intelligence is going to work in the Middle East and in other places around the world, when we rely so much on human intelligence sources, people who work with the United States knowing that they will be shielded from and have the protection of the United States at the end of the day, when they watch the people that have worked with us in Afghanistan for the last few years be beheaded in front of their families?” he added.
Ratcliffe also noted that while the U.S. is the strongest country on the planet, there are people working from within the system to destroy it.
Syndicated with permission from USA Features News.