Former CIA Official: Islamic State Could Become Functional State With Airports, Passports

John E. McLaughlin, who served as deputy director of the CIA between 2000 and 2004 during portions of the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, was quoted in the Times saying that he was not certain that the United States would defeat IS.“It suddenly just occurred to me, if you add everything up, that these guys could win,” McLaughlin admitted, adding, “Evil isn’t always defeated.”

He admitted that the idea of the Islamic State eventually becoming a legitimate state with working airports and passports is “not inconceivable.” He also compared IS to Hezbollah. Continue reading