by Saagar Enjeti | Daily Caller via InfoWars:
President Barack Obama recently laid blame on the intelligence community for failing to anticipate and properly inform him of the impending 2014 sweep of ISIS across Iraq, in a Wednesday interview with CNN.
“The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul, for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen,” Obama told CNN. Intelligence officials dispute Obama’s claim, saying he ignored the warning signs in favor of his narrative that he successfully withdrew the U.S. from the Iraq war.
When Obama took office in 2009, he was determined to pull troops out of Iraq as soon as possible. Obama believed the historic lows of violence in Iraq justified his campaign pledge to bring the war to an end, without keeping a significant U.S. presence in Iraq to ensure stability.
Obama decided did not successfully negotiate a limited military presence beyond an agreed upon 2011 withdrawal date. “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over,” he triumphantly declared in October 2011. Obama ignored rumbling political turmoil in Iraq, and easily cruised to an election victory in 2012.
The Defense Intelligence Agency produced a report as early as 2012 warning the Obama administration that the Syrian civil war was allowing al-Qaida to flourish. Al-Qaida could “declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria,” the report declared. Al-Qaida elements in Iraq and Syria later splintered from the global terrorist organization, and declared themselves the Islamic State.
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