Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obama HAD Accurate Intelligence On ISIS, But Has Missed Half His Second-Term Intel Briefings

On 60 Minutes this past Sunday night, Richard Milhous Obama passed the buck for the rise of ISIS, saying our intelligence agencies underestimated the threat of the Islamic militants.

But you have to go to overseas news sources to find out what the lapdog media in America will not report (UK Daily Mail).
President Barack Obama's intelligence briefings have provided him with specific information since before he won re-election in 2012 about the growing threat of the terror group now known alternatively as ISIS and ISIL, an administration insider told MailOnline on Monday.
'Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president's daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,' said a national security staffer in the Obama administration who is familiar with the content of intelligence briefings. 
The staffer declined to share anything specific about the content of those briefings, citing his need to maintain a security clearance.
But 'it's true,' he said, 'that the [intelligence] community was sending pretty specific intel up to us.'
'We were seeing specific threat assessments and many of them have panned out exactly as we were told they would.'
But that's not all (Breitbart News).
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.
“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said Obama.
According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame.
“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting,” a former senior Pentagon official “who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq” told the Daily Beast.
On Monday, others in the intelligence community similarly blasted Obama and said he’s shown longstanding disinterest in receiving live, in-person PDBs that allow the Commander-in-Chief the chance for critical followup, feedback, questions, and the challenging of flawed intelligence assumptions.
 Of course, we all know he has more important things to do...


...while he passes the buck for the failures he won't take responsibility for.

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