A former high-ranking CIA official believes it will be difficult for the United States to act to prevent another terror attack.

“The lesson of 9/11 was, can we as a nation act before we get attacked?” former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “That is very difficult. President [Franklin] Roosevelt could not bring the American people along to intervene in World War II until we were attacked in Pearl Harbor, so it is very difficult for a president to bring a nation along to say, ‘Let’s act now to disrupt what we know is going to happen.’”

Morell stated the United States needs to shrink the safe haven of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“We have to put pressure on them in the safe haven and shrink the safe haven. That’s lesson learned number one of defeating al Qaeda in South Asia. Lesson number two is you’ve got to remove the leadership in rapid succession,” the CBS News senior security contributor said, adding that ISIS has “the single most important advantage” in the form of a safe haven in Iraq and Syria.

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