That’s right you heard it. Obama is NOT to blame for the rise of ISIL…or so HE says. Even though Obama has told us before, he gets most of the news through watching it on TV, he does say it’s NOT his fault that ISIL got so big. Nope. It’s the fault of…get this…his intelligence agencies.
Yep. That’s right! Why blame himself or the media, when he can blame it on his OWN intelligence agencies. Obama claims they just didn’t inform him promptly enough. OMG! Seriously?!
H/T Washington Times:
As President Obama prepares to leave office without having destroyed the Islamic State, he’s selling the notion that U.S. intelligence agencies failed to warn him promptly about the rise of the terrorist group more than two years ago, an assertion raising howls of incredulity in some quarters.
The White House pushed that version of events Thursday, pointing to an assessment by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper in September 2014 that U.S. intelligence agencies “underestimated” the Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS.
“Those are the facts,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
Mr. Obama told CNN in an interview that aired late Wednesday, “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.”
WHAT A JOKE!!! Does Obama REALLY think that most Americans are THAT STUPID!?
But some critics are pointing to claims that the administration ignored warning signs from intelligence sources and allies such as Kurdish leaders about the Islamic State’s growing strength after 2011, when Mr. Obama withdrew all U.S. troops from Iraq.
Sherkoh Abbas, chairman of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria, said in 2014, “We approached the State Department about ISIS before ISIS was in the headlines, and we were ignored.”
In September 2014, Fox News reported that Mr. Obama had been told about the rise of the terrorist group in his classified daily intelligence briefings throughout the previous year.
Oh….yeah….remember THESE briefings….many of which Obama HIMSELF did NOT attend because, golf was more important!
In February 2014, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, briefed the Senate Armed Services Committee on the emerging threat of the Islamic State.
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,” Gen. Flynn testified. “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.”
Intelligence starts and stops at the White House with the POTUS! If Obama wasn’t getting the right intelligence – HE could have said something back then…almost four years ago. However, THAT wasn’t the problem, was it?
Here’s Gen. Michael Flynn speaking on this topic over a year ago with Megyn Kelly on the ‘The Kelly File’:
Thank God we have less than 6 weeks of Obama left in charge of our military. Obama was not a strong supporter of our military and an even less supporter of their intelligence on ISIL.
As far as ISIL, many good men and women in uniform gave Obama VERY clear and ACCURATE intelligence on multiple occasions. Obama didn’t want to listen to it. It didn’t fit HIS narrative – which was that ISIS was just a “JV team”. He couldn’t even speak the words “Radical Islamic Terrorism”.
It’s no surprise to many, that Donald Trump recently appointed General Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser. You can bet Gen. Flynn will NOT underestimate ISIL and WILL ACTUALLY use the intelligence reports when it comes to destroying Radical Islamic Terrorism. Because like Gen. Flynn said intelligence starts and stops at the top.
ISIL wasn’t on Obama’s “radar screen” because the only radar he was clearly focused on…was on the golf course.
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