Monday, September 29, 2014

Obama blames intelligence officials for the rise of ISIS

"If the administration was suprised by ISIS and the response of the Iraqi army, it was because the president and his closest advisors weren't paying attention, or refused to believe what they were hearing. This intel came down to Obama shortly after he claimed that ISIS was al-Qaeda's "JV." Nothing is ever his fault." ~ Rick Moran
As has unfortunately become custom, this imperial president shifts blame to anyone but himself, especially when it's so blatantly obvious that this falls on him...
AmericanThinker: Obama the Blamethrower strikes again This time our president says that American intelligence is at fault for underestimating the threat of ISIS. It is never his fault-never ever. As Ronald Reagan would say, there he goes again.

Barack Obama, in an interview aired on 60 Minutes (one of his favorite shows because it fawns on him and, in the words of Steve Kroft, one of its talking heads, won’t ask him tough questions) casts blame on intelligence officials for the rise of ISIS
'President Barack Obama said that U.S. intelligence officials "underestimated what had been taking place in Syria," and that several years of political chaos in the country had created an environment for Islamic State to thrive in Syria and Iraq.'
Oddly, when the intelligence officials gave George W. Bush bad information about Iraq’s WMD program there was no attempt by Bush to shift blame onto long-serving career officials. It was the same intelligence that led the majority of US Democratic Senators (including then-Senators Hillary Clinton and John Kerry) to vote to give President Bush authority to launch military operations. Of course, when things went south they tried to revise history and whitewash their own responsibility by claiming that Bush “lied” and people died.

But, as is customary for Obama, he lays off blame for his failures on others who are in no position to object since they serve at his beck and call. Who would take on the president of the United States who has shown he has no problem using the full force of the powers -- including illegitimate ones -- that he has to make life miserable for Americans who earn his ire (the IRS is just one agency he can use; so is the Department of Justice, EPA, and Homeland Security, for starters)?
Don't we know it! But beyond the blame shifting, Eli Lake makes it clear that Obama just flat out lied...I know, shocker!
DailyBeast: 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.

But in an interview that aired Sunday evening, the president told 60 Minutes that the rise of the group now proclaiming itself a caliphate in territory between Syria and Iraq caught the U.S. intelligence community off guard. Obama specifically blamed James Clapper, the current director of national intelligence: “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” he said.

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.
I'm pretty sure most of us know that answer...and he's FULL of it!

Related links: The Obama Doctrine: Freedom for Whom?
The Khorosan Group Does Not Exist
Former Intel Official BLASTS Obama for blaming intel community on underestimating ISIS

ADDENDUM: This might have something to do with why he blames intel...'cause he never saw it!
Breitbart: A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals 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.

The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.

The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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