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Ex-NSA director Michael Hayden: ISIS airstrikes are like 'casual sex'

Here's a comparison you probably haven't heard yet about the United States' airstrikes on ISIS holdings in the Middle East:

"The reliance on air power has all of the attraction of casual sex," retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden told U.S. News & World Report. "It seems to offer gratification but with very little commitment. We need to be wary of a strategy that puts emphasis on air power and air power alone."

Hayden is a former director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, and he has been critical of President Barack Obama's response to the Islamist extremist group thus far. There was nothing casual about State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf's response to Hayden's statements on Friday, though.

"General Hayden, all joking aside, knows very well the counter-terrorism tools that we have at our disposal from when he was CIA director — some of which we obviously don't utilize any more," she said.