Asked if intelligence efforts are affected by the recent chaotic state of U.S. national politics, Morell said he no longer tells people that terrorism is what keeps him awake at night since he’s left the CIA.
“The answer I now give is the failure of our political system here in the United States to make the kind of decisions that we need to move our economy and society forward — not to stop terrorism. And the reason that scares me so much is the most important determinant of a country’s national security is the health of its economy and the health of its society,” he said.
“Am I more worried about it in 2016 than I was in 2013 when I retired? How could I not be?”