Obama Blames U.S. Intelligence For Missing This

As Obama and his minions clamor to make sense of how and why things went so disastrously wrong with the Democratic Party, adverting blame and making up excuses seems to be the norm.

Recently, Hillary Clinton cried about people’s lives being at stake from fake news stories.

Now Obama is about to leave office without having destroyed the Islamic State, and he has a crazy excuse as to why.

Apparently, U.S. intelligence agencies failed to warn him promptly about the rise of the terrorist group more than two years ago.

The Obama administration explained their version of events, saying the assessment by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper in September of 2014 grossly “underestimated” the Islamic State, aka ISIS.

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said, “Those are the facts.”

Obama told CNN in an interview:

“The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul [in Iraq], for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen.”

But others are pointing out that the Obama administration actually ignored the warning signs from their intelligence sources and from our allies.  Kurdish leaders warned Obama about their growing strength around 2011 when Obama withdrew all of our U.S. troops from Iraq and effectively created ISIS.

In September 2014, Fox News reported Obama had been told through daily intelligence briefings about the rise of ISIS.  It couldn’t have been any more clear, unless the meaning of semantics of “growing threat – please take seriously” was spoon-fed to him.

President-elect Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said in February of 2014:

“[the group] 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.

 

Since the departure of U.S. forces at the end of 2011, [Islamic State] has exploited the permissive security environment to increase its operations and presence in many locations and also has expanded into Syria and Lebanon to inflame tensions throughout the region.”

President Obama referred to ISIS as “junior varsity”:

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.

 

I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland, versus jihadis who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”

Despite Obama’s initial assessment, he was warned by U.S. intelligence agencies and his advisors about the group’s prowess and capability.

James Clapper, the current Director of National Intelligence, said:

“What we didn’t do was predict the will to fight.  We underestimated ISIL and overestimated the fighting capability of the Iraqi army.  I didn’t see the collapse of the Iraqi security force in the north coming.”

Obama has repeatedly denied the criticisms that he contributed to the rise of ISIS by withdrawing all the U.S. troops from Iraq in 2011 and has even contested the presence of American troops wouldn’t have stopped ISIS regardless.

The speculation that the rise of ISIS was inevitable– regardless of where our troops were – is an interesting one. It would be even more interesting if it were true.

Even in his last days, the accountability and aversion of blame from Obama is pathetic.