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Ex-CIA Analyst: ISIS Reminiscent of Genghis Khan's Rampage

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 06:45 PM

The attempt by the Islamic State, or ISIS, to establish a global caliphate represents the largest tribal military operation since Genghis Khan launched his campaign to conquer Europe and Asia in the 13th century, says Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst.

"The last time we can record a non-state army like this moving through that area was 1220 A.D., with Genghis Khan," Johnson said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"We've not seen anything like this in our lifetime — I'm almost 60 — and then the entire 20th century. This is without precedent."

Khan was the bearded Mongolian general infamously known for his razor-sharp military leadership and devastating cruelty. He created the massive Mongol Empire by slaughtering individual tribes throughout Asia.

Johnson said that with the size of the force ISIS is using, along with its extensive weapons, "we're just kidding ourselves if we're pretending . . . that a group of Delta Force operators are going to be able to go in and confront these guys."

"The U.S. special-operation forces, the heaviest weapons they carry are 7.62 millimeter rounds and rifles. That doesn't overcome 50-caliber machine guns, mortars, anti-tank weapons and artillery.

"They've got armor, they're showing the maneuver capability that you'd associate with a brigade movement in a conventional army, so we need to wake up and stop pretending that this is like al-Qaida, only on steroids."

Johnson, who also served as deputy director of the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism, says the rise of ISIS has been fueled by the misguided policies of the Obama administration.

"It started when they [went] off on these idealistic quests to destabilize the region by getting rid of so-called tyrants," he said.

"Bashar Assad, whatever you think about him, he was a secular guy . . .  The rebels who lined up to destabilize his regime were Sunni extremists."

"Once we started with the destabilization in taking Saddam Hussein out of the picture it was natural that you got the rise of Iran in the region, and the push-back to that is coming from the Sunni regimes in the region who fear both the Shia and Iran as well as the Persian influence."

Johnson said if ISIS manages to fight its way into Baghdad and Americans are suddenly taken hostage or systematically executed, the U.S. will have no alternative but to launch a massive ground force instead of just air strikes.

"We don't have a single instance in history in which air power has won a victory, with the exception of using nuclear weapons or atomic weapons in Japan at the end of the war," he said.

"That's the only time. All other occasions have failed."

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