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Former CIA Chief Woolsey: 'Political Incorrectness Is Our Great Problem'

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 September 2016 12:33 PM

Former CIA Director James Woolsey said political correctness is causing the United States to stumble in the war on terror.

During an interview on "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning, Woolsey — who led the CIA under President Bill Clinton and also worked in the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush — said more needs to be done to prevent attacks like the ones over the weekend in New Jersey and New York.

"I think part of the problem is that we aren't applying overall to intelligence and even any more to policing in our big cities — the sort of operation that Giuliani and Kelly did in New York with broken window syndrome," Woolsey said.

When asked why he thought that was the case, Woolsey replied: "Well, it's politically incorrect, and political incorrectness is our great problem. As long as we have to talk about things in a politically correct way and we can't say that it's Islamic terror and so on and so on, we are causing ourselves a massive amount of trouble. There's virtually nothing that's worse than political correctness that you are trying to understand what's going on in something like a movement like radical Islam."

Woolsey was also asked about the comments made by White House spokesman Josh Earnest Monday, in which he said the war on terrorism is actually a "war of narratives."

"The mind reels. I mean, this is ridiculous," Woolsey said. "It's not just a PR matter. It's not a matter of ratings. It's a matter of life and death, and as long as you operate in such a way as you start with a narrative, and then you try to make the facts fit the narrative …

"Suppose we have fought World War II this way. We would be sitting around here pledging allegiance to Hitler's heirs. We would have lost."

In the wake of the recent attacks on American soil, former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said it's time for Congress to act when it comes to accepting refugees from Muslim countries and also Americans who travel to countries with terrorist ties.

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