Ex-CIA Analyst Ruth: US Lacks Resources to Fight Terrorism

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 05:01 PM

By Aaron Stern

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The United States has its hands full of international threats and may be low on resources to cope with the growing list of problems, says former CIA analyst Lisa Ruth.

Russia has re-emerged as a threat to the balance of global power with its ongoing destabilization of Ukraine, but al-Qaida issued a stark reminder that it is still a major threat to international security with the release of a new video that appears to show a recent major meeting of top-ranking officials in the mountains of Yemen.

"We have not thought about Russia this way for a very long time, and it's tempting to say this administration is at fault," Ruth told John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV. "Certainly, it has continued a policy, but really since the fall of the Soviet Union we have not looked at Russia as a huge threat. Our emphasis has been elsewhere. This shows that Russia is a threat."

Story continues below video.



The al-Qaida video highlights what Ruth said has been a draw-down of intelligence resources targeting terrorist groups. That reduction in anti-terrorism intelligence capabilities will take time to reverse -- but it may only increase, given the ongoing flap over privacy between Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the Central Intelligence Agency, Ruth said.

"When you cut off intelligence resources, when you cut off funding, when you cut off ability to operate, you can't then say, 'Why didn't you know this?' Well, we didn't know it because we don't have the resources to deploy," she said.

"Terrorist targets are really, really hard. It takes a very long time to recruit terrorists, to recruit terrorist sources, and at the point when you break that chain, it takes years and years and years to get it back. My guess is, again, we're operating behind. I don't think we have the resources on the ground."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Catholic League's Donohue: Communists Are Losers in Cuba Deal

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 15:15 PM

Pope Francis' pivotal role in the deal that renews ties between the United States and Cuba is a positive move for democr . . .

Dr. Ben Carson: Chance to Mend US-Israel Ties After Obama

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 15:13 PM

Dr. Ben Carson spoke live with Newsmax TV on Friday from a fact-finding visit to Israel, where he said the next U.S. adm . . .

Kyle Smith on 'The Interview': US Must Stand Up to NKorea

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 14:24 PM

Hollywood and Washington must toughen up and refuse to give into North Korea's ongoing threats to wreak havoc over the c . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved