Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey tells NewsMax in an exclusive interview that terrorists could strike the American homeland — possibly with a weapon of mass destruction — this summer or early fall.
He also warns that if Iran fails to comply with international efforts to stop its nuclear weapons program, the U.S. will have no other option than to bomb it.
"I think the threat of a serious attack in the next few months is very real," Woolsey said. A terrorist strike with a dirty bomb or with biological weapons was "a real possibility." Woolsey’s comments echo those of FBI Director Robert Mueller, who told NewsMax in May that al-Qaida’s paramount goal is clear: to detonate a nuclear device that would kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Terrorists Plotting Now
While Woolsey doubted terrorists would be able to acquire a nuclear explosive device, he warned that terrorists were trying to acquire one, either on the black market from the former Soviet Union, or from Iran or North Korea.
The former CIA director said he favored "really tough sanctions" on Iran for another few months, but if that failed to bring Iran’s nuclear weapons program to a halt, the United States had no other choice but to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites.
He also blasted those in the State Department who believe we can convince the Iranians through negotiations to stop their nuclear programs. "I’ve never thought there’s a chance in hell of that," he said.
Asked what three things we need to do to make America more safe, Woolsey said that the first and most important was not to tie the president’s hands when it came to intelligence collection.
Efforts by Democrats to require court orders to intercept international communications amounted to "shooting ourselves in the foot," he added.
More Pressure on Iran
Next, he said the United States absolutely must step up pressure on Iran, by focusing on Iran’s weak economic underbelly and the wellspring of popular discontent with the regime.
In the longer term, Woolsey said it was essentially that the U.S. beef up its military forces and to prepare Americans psychologically and politically for a long war with radical Islamic terrorists.
"I think this is a long war, and we need to treat it as such, and go on a full war-footing," he said.