Ratcliffe: Biden, Chapter 1: How to Create a Border Crisis; Chapter 2: How to Jeopardize Middle East Peace

By Susan Jones | May 24, 2021 | 10:08am EDT
Former Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) served as President Trump's Director of National Intelligence from 2020-2021. (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) served as President Trump's Director of National Intelligence from 2020-2021. (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence, on Sunday blasted the Biden administration for national security and foreign policy mistakes so far, even comparing President Biden to an "arsonist."

Ratcliffe, who served at the end of the Trump administration, spoke to "Sunday Morning Futures" with Maria Bartiromo:

Yes, Maria, as I was listening to you talk to Governor Abbott about the crisis at our Southern border, it struck me that, when we look at national security and foreign policy mistakes by the Biden administration already, chapter one is how to create a crisis at your Southern border by reversing policies that are clearly working.

Chapter two would be what we're talking about in Iran, how to jeopardize Middle East peace by emboldening Iran. And the clips that you just showed very clearly reflect that.

I got to tell you Maria, watching Joe Biden two days ago take credit for a cease-fire was like watching an arsonist show up to try and take credit for putting out a fire that he helped start.

Let's be real clear about this. Those 4,000 rockets that went into Israel were not Hamas rockets. They were Iranian rockets. They were paid for or built by or put together by Hamas militants trained by Iran in aerodynamics and propulsion necessary to attack Israel.

You don't have to take my word for it. The Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, two days ago took credit for the victory, what he claimed was the victory over Israel by Iran. And Hamas' leader thanked Iran for its help in that victory.

So, to watch what the Biden administration -- and how they have emboldened Iran, when, as you said, we warned them specifically, look, if you reverse these policies and embolden Iran, you're going to jeopardize this hard-earned Middle East peace.

And to your question about whether the cease-fire will hold, Maria, that remains to be seen. But the path that the Biden administration has chosen with respect to Iran means that there's going to be chaos and war in other places in the Middle East besides Gaza, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq.

If you give Iran more money to fund terrorism, like they have done in the past with the $100 billion that the Obama/Biden administration gave them in the first failed JCPOA agreement, they're only going to do that again.

And I think it's really troubling, Maria, that the approach that the Biden administration has taken is to take our sovereign ally in the Middle East, Israel, and bring them down to the same level where they have raised Hamas, a terrorist organization, and said both parties are at fault. I think that's really a tragic and troubling foreign policy approach.

Ratcliffe said Biden has not blamed or condemned Iran for using Hamas as its proxy, because "they want to bring Iran to negotiate a failed sequel to the failed original JCPOA agreement that gave Iran the $100 billion to fund this kind of terrorism."

He also noted that no air defense system, including Israel's iron dome, is impervious to a continual rocket barrage: "And so what Iran has tried to do, and once they get the resources to do it, if sanctions are lifted, is again, to create platforms to be attacked from Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq, all of these places, to target Israel.

"And the Iron Dome can't withstand that. And the Israelis know that. And we should be helping Israel, not hurting them. And this foreign policy hurts Israel."

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