President Obama was playing the celebrity on “60 Minutes” last night and it was classic Barack.
On CBS’s “Face the Nation” in a clip from a “60 Minutes” interview that will air Sunday night, President Barack Obama blamed his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for failing to realize ISIS was gaining strength in Syria.
The president said, “Well, I think our head of the intelligence community acknowledged that they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.
Bottom line, “not my fault.” After all, over the last six years we’ve come to learn that nothing is Barack’s fault, he bears no responsibility for anything. If you think any different, you’re a racist.
It turns out that claim is bogus. It’s so bogus that even the left leaning (usually left falling) The Daily Beast is calling him on it.
On 60 Minutes, the president faulted his spies for failing to predict the rise of ISIS. There’s one problem with that statement: The intelligence analysts did warn about the group.
Nearly eight months ago, some of President Obama’s senior intelligence officials were already warning that ISIS was on the move. In the beginning of 2014, ISIS fighters had defeated Iraqi forces in Fallujah, leading much of the U.S. intelligence community to assess they would try to take more of Iraq.
Reached by The Daily Beast after Obama’s interview aired, one former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq was flabbergasted. “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” the former official said.
Clapper told the Washington Post that he underestimated the will of ISIS fighters and overestimated the ability of the Iraqi security forces. He also noted that he warned about the “prowess and capability” of the group.
But there’s more.
Still, other senior intelligence officials have been warning about ISIS for months. In prepared testimony before the annual House and Senate intelligence committees’ threat hearings in January and February, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the recently departed director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said the group would likely make a grab for land before the end of the year. ISIS “probably will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014.
Do you think Flynn would try to set up the President by telling the House and Senate one thing and telling the President something different? We don’t. We’re pretty sure Flynn is just a racist. He is, after all, part of the US military and we know how they dislike their Commander-in-Chief.
It turns out that the President’s administration is rife with racists. It’s no wonder they have such a record of failure.
Clapper himself in that hearing warned that the three most effective jihadist groups in Syria—one of which he said was ISIS—presented a threat as a magnet for attracting foreign fighters. John Brennan, Obama’s CIA director, said he thought both ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s formal franchise in Syria, presented a threat to launch external operations against the West.
“Not my fault.” Mr. President, we’re jumping on board with the rest of the racists on this one. To your attempt to once again duck accountability, we say…
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