CNN’s ISIS expert told Wolf Blitzer on Sunday that the so-called Islamic State will laugh at President Obama’s speech on terrorism and gun control.
BLITZER: Howâ€™s ISIS likely, Michael, to react to the presidentâ€™s address?
WEISS: Well, IÂ think theyâ€™ll laugh, frankly. I heard in the presidentâ€™s remarks, I heard self-congratulation and cheerleading. â€œWe will destroy ISIL. We will defeat this death cult,â€ as the president called it. Look, when the president came out and said ISIS is contained â€” and he was speaking specifically about theÂ geographicalÂ expansion of their so-called caliphate â€” last week the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Statt repudiated those remarks â€¦ Weâ€™re actually not winning this war â€¦ I have not heard â€” and I really wish the president would say this â€” look, â€œI screwed up. I underestimated the threat. I called them the JV team well after I knew what Al Qaeda in Iraq was up to, including strapping mentally disabled young girls with suicide bombs and marching them into police headquarters.â€ â€¦Â We have to be veryÂ realistic here. Iâ€™m not talking about alarmism. Iâ€™m not talking about fear-mongering, and I applaud him for drawing the distinction between Islam and ISIS, but I really think his head is in the clouds if he thinks this current strategy is going to succeed.