A just-released Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report states that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.
Mr. Obama is detached and is far more concerned about his golf score and turning the country into his Utopian state. He has never attended half his briefings. He doesn’t think it necessary to discuss them with his advisers.
Given the fact that ISIS and al Qaeda (al-Nusra) are about to take Baghdad, that report should be very alarming to us.
It is particularly shocking given that Mr. Obama told Steve Kroft during his 60 Minutes interview Sunday that the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper underestimated the rapid rise of ISIS when it is common knowledge that he has been warned about the ISIS threat for three years.
The experts, spies and others have come out strongly against that statement. Mr. Obama has been warned and he ignored their warnings, even firing Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn who dared tell him and Congress the truth this past February.
The Defense Department officials were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s shifting the blame to them, according to the Daily Beast, but then again, so was anyone in the country who was paying attention.
We’ve known since before 2012 that ISIS was on the rise but the narrative was that al Qaeda was on the run and there is no such thing as radical Islam.
The White House is still claiming the president reads the briefings on his iPad and that is sufficient. Personally, unless the briefings include strategies to use on golf courses, it’s hard to believe they get his attention. Even if that is true, he is losing the inflections that one can only hear in a live meeting. He’s missing the engagement and brainstorming that a meeting brings about.
Ironically, on 9/10/12, the day before Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other men were killed at the Benghazi consulate, Jay Carney was asked about President Obama not attending daily press briefings at that time. He said, “I saw that report and it is hilarious to me. He gets it every day. Okay?…He always reads it every day because he is a voracious consumer of all his briefing materials.”
I wonder if the Stevens family finds it hilarious.
ISIS is about to seize Baghdad which means they will hold all of Iraq and huge swaths of territory in Syria. The caliphate is growing.
I guess we know why Mr. Obama never fires anyone. He doesn’t work either.
I just had a middle-aged woman tell me she has no idea what is going on in the world. She doesn’t pay any attention. “Isn’t that terrible?” she asked.
Yes, it is!