How big a liar is Barack Obama?
Here are the first three paragraphs of Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt\’s page 1 article in this morning\’s (usually Obama-loving) New York Times:
Bylate last year, classified American intelligence reports painted anincreasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunniextremists in Syria,according to senior intelligence and military officials. Just asworrisome, they said, were reports of deteriorating readiness andmorale among troops next door in Iraq.
Butthe reports, they said, generated little attention in a White Houseconsumed with multiple brush fires and reluctant to be drawn backinto Iraq. “Some of us were pushing the reporting, but the WhiteHouse just didn\’t pay attention to it,” said a senior Americanintelligence official. “They were preoccupied with other crises,”the official added. “This just wasn\’t a big priority.”
TheWhite House denies that, but the threat certainly has its attentionnow as American warplanes pound the extremist group calling itselfthe Islamic State in hopes of reversing its lightning-swift seizingof territory in Iraq and Syria. Still, even as bombs fall from thesky thousands of miles away, the question of how it failed toanticipate the rise of a militant force that in the space of a fewmonths has redrawn the map of the Middle East resonates inside andoutside the Obama administration.
Translation: President Obama was handed the information. It was there for him to see. He “just didn\’t pay attention to it”.
Now ISIS, in control of something like 75,000 square miles of territory by default, continues to kill with gleeful abandon.
And Mr. Obama – with absolutely no shame and no contrition – blames the intelligence people who gave him the information he looked us in the eye and pretended he never had.
That is how big a liar Barack Obama is.