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Oliver North Slams Obama as 'AWOL' on Battling Islamic Terrorism

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 09:07 PM

Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North charged on Friday that President Barack Obama's "go-it-alone isolationism" and drastic defense cuts have contributed to the rise of the Islamic State and other radical jihadists throughout the Middle East.

"Obama has been AWOL in combating radical Islamic terrorists since he came to office," North, a retired Marine officer, told Greta Van Susteren on her Fox News program.

"Because we now kill and don't capture and interrogate the bad people, we now don't know what we don't know.”

North attributed the situation to lack of human intelligence gathering and slammed the report on CIA torture released Tuesday by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein.

"The problem be is we have no human intelligence collection — virtually nonexistent — and we now have Feinstein's phony torture report, which is already making it harder for us to collect because our allies don't trust us anymore," he said.

North told Van Susteren that he agreed with statements made earlier Friday by Feinstein's counterpart in the House, retiring Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, that the United States was at a higher danger now than before 9/11.

"I’ve been on this committee for a decade," Rogers said. "I’ve never seen it quite so bad, because you have more streams of individuals who are associated with radical Islam, who are saying that they have either an aspiration or a capability to do attacks in the West, meaning in Europe, in the United States."

Rogers, who is stepping down as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee later this month, spoke at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. His remarks were reported by The Washington Times.

North attributed the situation to Obama's ineffective foreign policy.

"You've got the rise of the Islamic State, which can be blamed on Obama's bugout from Iraq — that's what the troops call it — and his go-it-alone isolationism," he said. "We have thousands of radical Islamists from the U.S. and Europe, who aspire to jihad, willing to attack here, as so-called lone wolves, or overseas.

"Obama's disengagement has created new dangers by ignoring these threats."

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Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North charged on Friday that President Barack Obama's "go-it-alone isolationism" and drastic defense cuts have contributed to the rise of the Islamic State and other radical jihadists throughout the Middle East.
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