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Woolsey: Merkel Acted From 'Generosity,' But It Backfired

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016 03:09 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow more than a million refugees from the Middle East to enter her country came from "generosity," but matters have gone too far, former CIA Director James Woolsey said Wednesday.

"I think her spirit was one of generosity and so forth, but the Germans have let in 1.2 million refugees into their country," Woolsey told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer. "Five hundred thousand have been turned down for asylum, and they got 30,000 jobs for those [who are left], so they massively overextended their spirit of generosity. One can admire their spirit but in terms of practicality, they are in very bad shape."

The influx has left Germany in a situation "where young women can't even wear bathing suits in a public swimming pool without having men from the Middle East who are not used to seeing young women in bathing suits become very offended. This is affecting all aspects of German life. It was a serious practical mistake."

Woolsey, who is serving as an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, said his comments on the truck attack in Berlin this week being an attack of terrorism will turn out to be right.

"He may move faster than would have been dictated by a thorough study," said Woolsey, "but it is looking like this is what happened, and it is now something ISIS has claimed credit for." At the same time, Europe has done a "chaotic job" managing law enforcement, and failed to "get inside the terrorist organization and basically spy on it" rather than waiting for something to happen.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow more than a million refugees from the Middle East to enter her country came from generosity, but matters have gone too far, former CIA Director James Woolsey said Wednesday.
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