By Molly K. Hooper - 09/30/14 06:00 AM EDT
Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could strike the U.S. homeland.
Chertoff, who led the DHS under President George W. Bush, contends that President Obama waited too long to address the threat from ISIS. He says the terrorist network could send fighters to the United States or inspire local terrorists to plan attacks.
Chertoff predicts that the chances of reciprocal attacks will increase as the U.S. ramps up airstrikes against militants in Syria.
“At some point, particularly as we begin to put pressure on ISIS, they’re going to feel the need to respond for two reasons: try to intimidate us to draw back but also to show us their adherence that they are capable of giving as well as getting,” Chertoff explains in the interview.