Using a recent Rand Corporation poll, Cheney listed all of the other terrorist organizations that are popping up around the globe who are as dangerous as ISIS, if not more, especially those with nuclear capabilities.
There’s been a 58% increase in the number of groups like al Qaeda — Salafi-Jihadists, and it stretches from west Africa all across north Africa, east Africa, through the Middle East all the way around to Indonesia — a doubling of the number of terrorists out there.
I worry about Pakistan. Just a couple of weeks ago, in Pakistan, the Taliban — the same group we just released five of the leaders of from Guantanamo — raided Karachi Airport. Why do I care about that? Well, Pakistan is unique in that it has a significant inventory of nuclear weapons.
Cheney went on to explain that now, through a bribe with Pakistan’s nuclear program, North Korea gained intel on enriching uranium and has 2,000 centrifuges operating. North Korea also tried to provide Syria with a nuclear reactor as well.
“First thing we have to do,” Cheney added, “is recognize we’ve got a hell of a problem and it’s not just in Iraq.”
But, Cheney says, the Obama administration does not recognize the spread of the terrorism, nor is the president addressing the possibility of these nuclear capabilities falling into the wrong hands. And while he “appreciates” the problems in Iraq, Cheney is calling for a “broad strategy” to address the entire range of issues he presented.
During the interview, Cheney stated that he is worried that there will be another 9/11 and that “the next time, it will be with far deadlier weapons than airline tickets and box cutters.”
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