Former New York City Mayor and oft-mentioned GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani says America must continue to prepare for the grim possibility of an attack on the U.S. homeland employing a weapon of mass destruction.
“I don’t think anyone can really assess with any degree of certitude the likelihood of it. In other words, [that] it’s 5 percent, 10 percent, 80 percent, something like that,” Giuliani told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
“All we can say is it’s possible, and therefore we have to be ready for it. All we can say is that it’s not outside the realm of possibility that there could be a WMD attack or some other biological or chemical attack of massive proportions. It’s also possible there will be smaller attacks,” he said.
Giuliani said the United States must not overlook the fact that the nation continues to be a terrorist target.
“We can’t be ignorant of the fact that there were attempts in the last 10 years to attack us that were foiled either by good intelligence, or in some cases, by luck -- like the attempted attack on Christmas Day two years ago, like the attempted attack in Times Square about a year and a half ago.
“Those were attacks that were foiled really by good fortune more than good intelligence, although there have been a number that were stopped by good intelligence,” he said.
Giuliani spoke with Newsmax as part of its research for its 9/11 anniversary edition of Newsmax Magazine.
The former mayor added that he considers the deadly shooting at Fort Hood in Texas to be an “Islamic extremist terrorist attack.”
In November 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire, killing 13 and wounding 29 there. It was the worst shooting to ever occur on a U.S. military base.
“It was done in the name of Islam and he was motivated by extremist Islamic sentiments,” Giuliani told Newsmax.
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