Jim Woolsey
fmr. Director of Central Intelligence (CIA)

Iraq: What's Next?

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Jim Woolsey thinks it all depends on Congressional appropriations and future troop levels.

Jim Woolsey

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: What's next in Iraq?

Jim Woolsey: Well everything really kind of depends on the budget. If Congress passes adequate appropriations for the war, for the new fiscal year beginning in October, regardless of how angry they are, regardless of how much verbiage shows up in the Congressional record or in the statute, and Petraeus has been given a reasonably free hand for another year, I think the chance of exiting with some degree of stability might be fairly good if that doesn't happen. If the forces in the field are crippled by appropriations cuts, that could be very bad from the point of view of either being able to prevail over Al Qaeda in Iraq, or being able to leave any kind of a stable situation behind.

Recorded on: 7/2/07