The Honorable James Woolsey is the Chairman of Paladin's Strategic Advisory Group. He is a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton and from 1993 to 1995 was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He endorsed Senator John McCain for president and served as one of McCain's foreign policy advisors. In his government service, his law practice, and his service on corporate boards, Mr. Woolsey has focused on the practical application of innovative technology and on the legal and managerial requirements that are necessary to accomplish this. During the last two decades, he has served on the boards of fourteen companies; almost all have been significantly involved in using high technology to improve security as well as provide other benefits to private and public sector consumers. He was an early member of the board of directors of Yurie Systems, Inc., a provider of ATM access technology and equipment and access concentrators, which, in 1997, was named by Business Week as the fastest-growing corporation in the U.S. As Under Secretary of the Navy, as a member of the President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission, 1998) and as Director of Central Intelligence, Mr. Woolsey has been identified with promoting technological innovation in the interest of improving security.
Mr. Woolsey received his B.A. Degree from Stanford University (With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), and a M.A. Degree from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and an L.L.B. Degree from Yale Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Question: If you were advising the President on Iraq, what would you counsel?
Jim Woolsey: I’d add even more troops if he can, and give and give Petraeus everything he needs, and do our best to show by success that these tribesman should continue to come over with us. We’ve put I think probably too much effort on getting the overall Iraqi government right as distinct from defeating Al Qaeda and Iraq, and the remaining … on the ground. Petraeus may have the troops he needs now to do it. I’m just not sure. It’s a very difficult situation, because I think if we leave without the situation being stable, even if contentious between Shiite and Sunni … If we leave without having effectively defeated the Al Qaeda in Iraq … And now we learn … I think it’s been obvious for some time, but the press is starting to pick up that Hezbollah, another Iranian proxy besides … is in Iraq. So we’re really at war indirectly with Iran who is with their improvised, explosive devices and the rest, doing everything they can to kill Americans in Iraq and keep the situation in turmoil.
Recorded on: 7/6/07