Here is Mr. Obama\’s explanation of why, since he became President, terrorism – which he has told us for years was “virtually decimated”, just a “jayvee squad”, and other similar kiss-off descriptions – has, in actuality, become stronger by far than it ever was in the past:
“[Directorof National Intelligence James Clapper] has acknowledged that I thinkthey underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,…(in Iraq)I think that there is no doubt that their advance, their movementover the last several months has been more rapid than theintelligence estimates and I think the expectations of policymakersboth in and outside of Iraq”
There you go. It\’s not Barack Obama\’s fault at all. Heck he was just the President, that\’s all. It\’s that goofball James Clapper. And the intelligence people. Yeah, they\’re the culprits, not him. He\’s much to smart to be responsible for what a President is responsible for. And he can prove it. He calls them ISIL, when everyone else calls them ISIS. See? He must be smarter.
I do admit feeling that James Clapper is an incompetent, ever since he told us that the Muslim brotherhood in Egypt was a benevolent, secular organization. (Yes, this is the same Muslim brotherhood that the military ousted because it was ignoring Egypt\’s constitution and trying to turn the country into a shari\’a law state.)
But it\’s hard to lay this entirely at Clapper\’s feet, since he said this over 3 1/2 years ago, and President Obama kept him on as Director of National Intelligence anyway. Who do you blame for that?
Regarding Mr. Obama\’s claim that this is not his fault, but rather a breakdown of intelligence….is that what he said about President Bush\’s claim that there were WMD\’s in Iraq – which was confirmed not only by US intelligence, but British, Russian and Israeli intelligence as well? I don\’t recall him, or any of his Democrat cohorts, giving Mr. Bush any slack. Do you? (NOTE: As I\’ve written many times here, I am still unconvinced that intelligence was wrong about the WMDs – which saddam Hussein had 6 months to hide, export or destroy).
But since Mr. Obama talked about expectations in Iraq, maybe it would be good to remember what President Bush\’s expectations were.
From his news conference of July 12, 2007:
“Iknow some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. Tobegin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we\’re ready wouldbe dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. Itwould mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al-Qaeda. It would meanthat we\’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It wouldmean we\’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq toreplace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean we\’d beincreasing the probability that American troops would have to returnat some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.”
In other words, George Bush saw this coming. And said so.
Too bad the current President was too busy blaming everything that went wrong in his administration on him to pay attention.