Mr. Obama is blaming the intelligence community for his refusal to deal with the ISIS. Everyone in the world – literally everyone – knows he refused to act on ISIS. It was him and him alone. Nothing could move Mr. Obama. It took the beheadings of two Americans to force him to act.
No one would believe the intelligence community underestimated the ISIS. Mr. Obama underestimated the ISIS.
In an interview aired Sunday night on 60 minutes with Steve Kroft, Mr. Obama blamed the intelligence community for underestimating ISIS.
“Well, I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama told Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes.
Obama added that the U.S. must help “come up with political solutions in Iraq and Syria in particular, but in the Middle East generally, that arise in an accommodation between Sunni and Shia populations that right now are the biggest cause of conflict — not just in the Middle East, but in the world.”
Kroft said, “You mentioned James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence. I mean, he didn’t just say that we underestimated ISIL. He said we overestimated the ability and the will of our allies, the Iraqi Army, to fight.”
Obama replied, “That’s true. That’s absolutely true.”
Fox Denver reported that McCain disputed Obama’s assertions, saying that ISIS’ expansion in Syria and Iraq was tied to the President’s decision not to leave a residual U.S. military force in Iraq and his refusal to arm moderate Syrian rebels last year despite urgings from his national security advisers.
“We predicted this and watched it,” McCain said. “It was like watching a train wreck and warning every step of the way that this was happening.”
Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was forced out in April for bluntly telling the truth about the threats in the region.
Flynn, according to the Washington Post, was a key player in U.S. military efforts to dismantle insurgent networks in Iraq and Afghanistan, an approach that relied heavily on combining U.S. Special Operations forces with intelligence operatives and analysts.
Lt. Gen Flynn predicted to Congress in February that the ISIS “probably will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014, as demonstrated recently in Ramadi and Fallujah, and the group’s ability to concurrently maintain multiple safe havens in Syria.”
At the time, behind the scenes, intelligence analysts warned about the increasing difficulties Iraq’s security forces faced in combating ISIS, and the political strains that were contributing to Iraq’s declining stability, a senior intelligence official said. They reported on ISIS’s efforts to spark uprisings in areas with substantial Sunni populations and how the Iraqi military’s failure to counter ISIS gains in Mosul allowed the group to deepen its influence there.
After Mr. Obama’s false claim on 60 minutes, U.S. experts, journalists and spies reacted.
“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting, or he’s bullshitting,” one former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq told Eli Lake of The Daily Beast.
“Everyone realized that Syria was HQ for them,” a senior Defense Department official told The Washington Post.
There are unconfirmed reports that Mr. Obama is selecting ISIS targets from the White House. It’s not unreasonable to suspect that’s true. A book came out in 2012, Double Down: Game Change 2012, that claimed that President Barack Obama told aides that he is “really good at killing people.” He never denied it.
Mr. Obama will never accept blame. He will continue to lie.
He blamed Benghazi on an Internet video:
Remember when Mr. Obama blamed the entire world for his drawing the red line?
He is never to blame but it’s getting harder and harder to find fall guys. He can’t keep blaming Bush.
The only intel Mr. Obama seems moved by is any that concerns strategic moves on the golf course.
This is what you get when far-leftists are in charge of foreign affairs.