Obama the Blamethrower is at it again, saying that American intelligence is at fault for underestimating the threat of ISIS. But everyone from the former director of the CIA Leon Panetta, to the current intelligence community and lawmakers disagree.
Fox News reports:
One wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, woke up Monday morning checking for tire tracks after his boss effectively threw him under the bus for having “underestimated” the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group.
But Obama’s remarks in a “60 Minutes” interview drew immediate objections from lawmakers and the intelligence community.
In the interview, Obama was asked how the Islamic State was able to gain so much territory. “Our head of the intelligence community Jim Clapper has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” the president said.
Clapper previously had admitted that U.S. analysts both underestimated the Islamic State, or ISIS, and “overestimated” the ability of the Iraqi army to fight them.
But sources say Obama nevertheless was looped in on the rise of ISIS for a while.
A military intelligence official told Fox News that the Obama administration had options on the table to target senior leadership of ISIS — as well as the Al Qaeda-aligned Khorasan Group — in the 18 months leading up to the strikes in Syria which began last week.
The official, who is familiar with the data collection, said the threat from ISIS and Khorasan was well-documented in the president’s daily brief for over a year, but the White House failed to act.
The official said the intelligence community “pushed hard” to identify the leadership of both groups for targeting purposes and these options were presented to the president’s team — and every option was denied.
Human Events Blog offered insightful commentary on the interview, citing excerpts:
The key moment in President Obama’s “60 minutes” interview on Sunday night marked the rollout of his second attempt to spin away his infamous “junior varsity” comments about ISIS. You may recall his first attempt was an utterly bizarre plan to deny he made the comments at all. That strategy lasted for less than a week, with White House spokespeople retreating under heavy fire from reporters brandishing transcripts of Obama’s remarks. Even some of the journalists normally inclined to carry unlimited amounts of water for this President recoiled from the Stalinesque demand to pretend the “jayvee” moment never happened.
So here comes the second strategy, in which the teenager who somehow slipped into the White House blames everyone else for his failures. For a moment, I wondered if “The Simpsons” had moved to CBS… but no, this is the President of the United States talking, not Bart. I didn’t do it nobody saw me do it you can’t prove anything!
Obama warmed up with a bit of light whining about how under-appreciated he is, insinuating that the American people are foolish for not giving him higher approval ratings, since His Grace had the misfortune of stumbling into office right after History’s Greatest Monster……