American Intelligence Chief Says US ‘Can’t Fix’ Middle East
JNS.org – The United States “can’t fix” the Middle East region, the US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in an interview with theWashington Post.
Referring widespread terrorism in the Middle East, Clapper said he doesn’t “have an answer” to the problem and that the “fundamental issues they have — the large population bulge of disaffected young males, ungoverned spaces, economic challenges, and the availability of weapons — won’t go away for a long time.”
Clapper admitted that the Middle East’s predicament is complex, and that the expectation of America finding a solution is unrealistic.
“Somehow the expectation is that we can find the silver needle, and we’ll create ‘the city on a hill,’” said Clapper.
At the same time, Clapper still believes the US needs to maintain a presence in the Middle East.
“Things happen around the world when US leadership is absent. We have to be present — to facilitate, broker, and sometimes provide the force,” he said.