President Obama gave an interview over the weekend where he chose to lay the blame for underestimating ISIS at the feet of our intelligence community. The White House is already receiving blowback from the intelligence community and the media for the ridiculous assertion that this was a failure of intelligence. The fact is at the same time that Obama was downplaying the danger of the ISIS thugs – the intelligence community was warning that ISIS was growing ever stronger and more dangerous.
(The most relevant piece comes around 4:45 into the video…)
Jose Diaz-Balart: “How did the U.S. intelligence community get it so wrong on ISIS?”
Rep. Joe Sestak: “I don’t think they did. If you remember back in January and February, the head — the general, the Defense Intelligence Agency, actually testified before the House and Senate that in 2014, ISIS would take over large swaths of territory. In fact, at the time he testified, they had already seized Ramadi and Fallujah — 35 miles from Baghdad… I think it was slow on the part of the entire administration to assess that they — what they had to do in order address the threat.”