While the President was comparing ISIS terrorists to the Jayvee squad, US intelligence officials were warning that the threat was real and imminent, according to the head of the House Intelligence Committee.
Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) issued a statement Monday that directly contradicts Obama’s comments on in an interview Sunday, where the President suggested that an intelligence failure was to blame for the “underestimation” of the rise of the ISIS group.
“For over a year, U.S. intelligence agencies specifically warned that ISIL was taking advantage of the situation in Syria to recruit members and provoke violence that could spill into Iraq and the rest of the region,” Rogers urged, using an alternate acronym for the group.
“This was not an Intelligence Community failure, but a failure by policy makers to confront the threat,” Rogers also noted.
“Additionally, national security experts — both inside and outside the government — repeatedly warned, a year before ISIL’s drive into Mosul, that the Iraq Security Forces faced severe pressure; the House Intelligence Committee held a hearing on that very issue in early 2014,” Rogers continued.
The Republican added that US officials knew that the Iraqi government was in trouble almost a year and a half ago, and that allies in the Arab world were asking for guidance and leadership regarding the rise of ISIS militants in Syria, who, it was known, were also funneling weapons and foreign fighters into Iraq.
“…we all knew that former Iraqi Prime Minster Maliki had mismanaged his military and gutted the ISF of its top commanders,” Rogers said. “Indeed, over a year ago, our Arab League partners sought U.S. support and leadership for a coordinated effort to address the extremist threat in eastern Syria.”
Other sources, speaking to the media on condition of anonymity, corroborated Rogers’ comments Monday, saying that intelligence assessments on ISIS had begun to be circulated in June 2013. In addition, public testimony from early 2014 from the likes of CIA Director John O. Brennan and then-Defense Intelligence Agency director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn cited concerns over the sophistication of ISIS attacks.
Perhaps Obama was unaware of the intelligence because he has, according to the Government Accountability Institute (GAI), missed over half his second term daily intel briefings. Or perhaps he was unaware because, as he has himself suggested, he gets his information from TV news networks.
“It’s pretty well-known that the president hasn’t taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009,” an Obama national security staffer said Monday, adding “He gets them in writing.”
“Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president’s daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,” the Obama security staffer revealed.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.