In the wake of the Paris attacks, many are asking how President Obama got the ISIS threat so wrong.
Answer: Obama ignored repeated warnings from the intelligence community, our allies, and even his own national security team.
Three years ago, the Defense Intelligence Agency issued a classified report predicting that the chaos in Syria was creating conditions that could allow al Qaeda in Iraq to make a comeback and declare an Islamic caliphate. The report, dated August 2012 and obtained by Judicial Watch earlier this year, accurately predicts much of what has come to pass in Iraq since Obama’s withdrawal of American troops.
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Fret not Word. One of his braindead sheep will be coming along shortly to “correct” historical facts blaming everyone but Obama for his dismal failure.
Another little tidbit that has come out is that a number of ISIS’s leaders are former Ba’athists proving Robison’s assertion that Saddam and company weren’t exactly the secularists that the armchair generals claimed they were.
Yeah, but… but… but… Bush LIED… and stuff.
And the GOP funded it.
You won’t see that fact covered by FA.
@another vet –
If you saw some of the video when ISIS was overrunning Mosul, you saw the ISIS fighters using cover, moving down the street as a cohesive unit, and most importantly, showing fire discipline. It shows they (ISIS) received considerable training, and all likely from the FRE’s from Saddam’s Republican Guard and other elite units that had managed to escaped to Syria either pre-war or in the early days of OIF. AQI, as a fighting unit, showed no discipline in their firing – opting to fire their weapons in full auto.
Second, with DIA warning in Aug 2012 of the rise of ISIS says the president and much of his national security team was derelict in their duty. They willfully ignored the warnings because it did not fit their narrative on the terror war. You and I both know what would happen if we willfully ignored intel assessments before we went outside the wire. And, this warning was before the attack on the Benghazi outpost. Though others won’t say it, but I’ll say it – there is likely a link. Why did Obama pull back from his red lines? Was it because they were shipping weapons from Libya to Syria via Turkey and arming anyone fighting the Assad government, which included the fledgling ISIS group?
The political side note – Trump saying he was prescient on ISIS, they wouldn’t be the group they are if people listened to him. Funny, I don’t remember seeing him the few times I was in Iraq. How about you?
@David</ No doubt if we operated like Team Obama we probably wouldn't be posting here because we'd be dead. They've botched everything. Obama called ISIS a JV team and now they've carved out a swath of territory the size of Great Britain and have expanded their OE in other countries as well. Then he says they're contained and a few hours later they kill 129 in Paris. It was the same crap with AQ. He said they were decimated, on the run, and near defeat. Now his own intelligence agencies assess them to be stronger than at any time since 9/11. I don't know if you ever had the chance to read Al Zawahiri's interview from the 2009 time frame, but he spelled out exactly what their new strategy was going to be after their defeat in Iraq and they've been remarkably successful in carrying it out. You'd think Obama would have had a counter-strategy but he doesn't. I predicted this was going to happen after OBL was killed. All that chest thumping and we've slid backwards big time. To the left, GWOT was all about OBL. Kill him and it's over with. WRONG.
As to your question, I never saw Trump over there. Another armchair general just like the left wing Obama drones who come here babbling their leftist bullshit about how much they know about fighting wars from Tora Bora to what you saw the Russians taking out of Iraq. Did you ever wonder why, if they know so much about fighting wars, they didn't volunteer to show us how to do it?
@another vet –
I must’ve hit a nerve, everything is in red. 🙂
One of my non-military friends got into Trump said this, said that. Iraq should’ve been fought this way so we wouldn’t have this problem with ISIS. I told him the last time I checked, Trump didn’t find his way to Iraq, put on the body armor and show us how to fight AQI out in the field. It quieted him. Haven’t heard from him since.
Have a good holiday week.
You could really mess with their heads if you sneaked in and provided that information!
@David: I don’t know why it printed in red. You have a good holiday week too. We are allowed to say holiday without going on a terrorist watch list, right?
Common people to be fair, there was that Myan calendar thingee that was suppose to be the end of the earth, run the debt to the ceiling, run guns to terrorists, you know Dec 2012 we were all gonna spin off the earth anyway. So it seemed that the elected Alfred E Newman “who me worry?”and he still is there.