Fox News: Obama briefed for more than a year on ISIS as serious threat

posted at 12:01 pm on September 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Did Barack Obama really get surprised by the rise of ISIS and its capabilities to fight militarily — or did he just ignore the threat? Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reports that a former Pentagon official says the Presidential Daily Briefing has included warnings about ISIS for more than a year, long before Obama dismissed them as “jayvees.”  In this case, the source insists, the intelligence on ISIS’ capabilities and potential was “exquisite”:

A former Pentagon official confirms to Fox News that detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of ISIS was included in the PDB, or the President’s Daily Brief, for at least a year before the group took large swaths of territory beginning in June.

The official, who asked not to be identified because the PDB is considered the most authoritative, classified intelligence community product providing the President with analysis of sensitive international events, said the data was strong, and “granular” in detail, adding a policy maker “…could not come away with any other impression: This is getting bad.”

The official who has close knowledge of the process said the President, who reads the PDB unlike his predecessors who traditionally had the document briefed to them, was not known to come back to the intelligence community with further questions or “taskings.” Asked to describe the frequency, the former Pentagon official said “not generally.”

After suggestions that the administration may have been blindsided by the rise of ISIS, and that poor intelligence was to blame, the former Pentagon official said some of the intelligence was so good it was described as “exquisite” when the President drew a red line on chemical weapons use in Syria in 2012.

Contrary to recent comments, the Pentagon official says that Obama was offered strategic opportunities to attack ISIS targets on a broad scale, but that Obama didn’t respond to them:

The source who is familiar with the deliberations said “(we) were ready to fire, on a moments notice, on a couple hundred targets,” but no order was given. In some cases, targets were tracked for a “long period of time” but then slipped away.

If confirmed, this would put a serious dent in the White House spin that ISIS became a threat only because of an unexpected collapse in the Iraqi military. The question will be how anyone will get confirmation of this story. Unless other officials involved in the PDB process step forward — which seems unlikely, unless they no longer are part of that effort like this source —  we may not see much confirmation of this for a couple of more years. Of course, Congress could call for an investigation into the intelligence and leadership failures that allowed ISIS to metastasize, but they already have a few of these kinds of probes in progress, and the cooperation level from the White House has been low, to say the least, even when it concerns the murder of an American ambassador in Benghazi.

This revelation feeds into a developing narrative of incompetence and disengagement, which Ron Fournier argued even before this revelation will have our allies worried about Obama and our fade from the tough work of global security:

The truth of the matter is that Americans have always noticed how messy the world can be. Somebody needs to tell Obama there was media before social media.

What’s unique about our times is the nature of the threats—suicidal, homicidal, genocidal terrorists, well armed and organized, seeking the destruction of the United States. The other difference: the lack of Western leadership, starting with the president himself. …

You could almost hear the eyes rolling in his Cabinet, not to mention in European capitals, where potential partners are gathering this week in a crisis-packed summit with Obama. In The Washington Post on Monday, veteran reporters Karen DeYoung and Dan Balz wrote that allies are “waiting to see whether Obama has the capacity to chart a clear, decisive course.”

Americans are waiting, too. Instead of clarity, we get condescending lectures, like the one Obama gave rich supporters about a messy world and social media.

Rather than decisiveness, the White House stalls with defensive spin, such as this gem from senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer: “There’s no timetable for solving these problems that’s going to meet the cable-news cycle.” As if the enemy is CNN, and not ISIS, which has proven to be more nimble and quick than Obama.

The White House public relations staff must think Americans are pretty dumb. How else do you explain the way chief spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri defended Obama for playing golf immediately after an address about the slaughter of journalist James Foley? “His concern for the Foleys and Jim,” Palmieri said, “was evident to all who saw and heard his statement.” Yes, just as evident as what else the world saw that day: the president’s golf cart, his golf clothes, and his wide, sporty smile.

That brings us to the “no strategy” gaffe, which was Kinsleyan in its revelation of the truth of Obama’s disengagement. Joe Scarborough asks former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs whether the briefing room comes with oxygen masks after “mistakes” like that, and Gibbs says no one can get prepared for that kind of turbulence:

“Robert Gibbs, speaking of catching our breath,” said the MSNBC host, “I’m just curious. Are there oxygen masks in the press secretary’s office when the president says something like he said on last week where the oxygen masks drop and you can catch a deep breath before you go talk to him? I mean, that obviously — we all know it was a slip. But that obviously, everybody in the White House had to gasp when he did that, right? You’ve been there. … He’s human–mistakes are made.”

“I think whenever you have to go out next and say what somebody meant to say or what somebody was trying to say means you’re trying to explain that wince-able moment that you see,” Gibbs said this morning. “Unfortunately, there are not oxygen masks and there’s no one to tell you fasten your seat belt because there is turbulence in the area.”

In other words, explaining is losing. In this case, though, the losing seems to have been well under way for a very long time before Obama ever uttered the remark.


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Hogwash. He found out about it on the news just like everyone else.

Bigbullets on September 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

The Fox…Pentagon…source to be audited in 3, 2, 1.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Not really OT either

Federal law makes it illegal for the government to engage in domestic propaganda.

Goebbels orgasmed all over the cemetery. Putin, he just laughed, again.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

the losing seems to have been well under way for a very long time before Obama ever uttered the remark.

America today………..Unfortunately………

VegasRick on September 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

It’s not necessarily oxygen they’re inhaling at the White House.

Drained Brain on September 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

It’s well known that he does not attend daily briefings.

jaywemm on September 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

His two ‘official’ daddies are Sunni.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Trolls, must be hell to be YOU. His pigheaded Utopian dreams fell on you like bombs…yet IS live.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

ISIS vs. ISISSY.

Place your bets!

Shy Guy on September 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

The official who has close knowledge of the process said the President, who reads the PDB unlike his predecessors who traditionally had the document briefed to them, was not known to come back to the intelligence community with further questions or “taskings.” Asked to describe the frequency, the former Pentagon official said “not generally.”

Who wants to bet that Obama doesn’t actually read the PDB, he just says he does to avoid getting briefed by someone he’ll consider dumber than himself.

Truly clueless. I’d question whether he could read at all were not his most famous talent oration via teleprompter.

BKennedy on September 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Obama was not even president when all that shi!t went down. But why let facts get in the way of a good president blaming.

rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

It’s NOT that Obama and his braintrust hasn’t had time to come up with a strategy.

The strategy IS to do nothing of real substance, and to allow ISIS to do whatever the h3ll they want.

After all, everyone has to remember, we do have our first Muslim Brotherhood “President” in American history. He simply will not do anything that goes against them and what they want.

Meople on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Twenty-Fifth Amendment, Section Four:

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Dear Liar is unable to act as president. Yes, Joe Biden is the less worse option at this point.

rbj on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Must be hell to be Gibbs today.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Trolls, must be hell to be YOU. His pigheaded Utopian dreams fell on you like bombs…yet IS live.

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

.
“It’s from ‘Faux’ news!
Edited!
Photoshopped!
Bush!
Racist!
Halliburton!
Teabaggers!
Homophobes!
Stoopid Palin!”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Obama was not even president when all that shi!t went down. But why let facts get in the way of a good president blaming.

rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

?

VegasRick on September 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

With brief being the operative word. I doubt he’s spent an hour total on the subject.

ConstantineXI on September 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

His concern for the Foleys and Jim,” Palmieri said, “was evident to all who saw and heard his statement.” Yes, just as evident as what else the world saw that day: the president’s golf cart, his golf clothes, and his wide, sporty smile.

Let’s not forget the long period of respect between making that statement (a sad pro-forma comment that an intern probably wrote) and when Obama teed off at the country club….. it was about eight minutes.

Happy Nomad on September 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Contrary to recent comments, the Pentagon official says that Obama was offered strategic opportunities to attack ISIS targets on a broad scale, but that Obama didn’t respond to them:

Can’t blame him there, unless there are interesting Italians and/or a golf course involved how could you expect such an intellectual titan to have any interest in it?

Gatsu on September 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

With brief being the operative word. I doubt he’s spent an hour total on the subject.

ConstantineXI on September 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Intentionally ignorant. Muslim Brotherhood bought and paid for. He IS an enemy of America, elected “President”.

His inaction is not incompetence. Inaction IS the strategy.

Meople on September 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I guess Scarborough’s Art of War meme didn’t survive the weekend.

cbenoistd on September 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Is there any real significance to O using the term “ISIL”? Haven’t seen much discussion on this.

MT on September 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

It’s well known that he does not attend daily briefings.

jaywemm on September 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Plausible Deniability

climatechangedenier on September 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Golf carts are not good places to read briefings. There’s just no room, man.

faraway on September 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

When he’s not asleep at the wheel he’s driving in the wrong lane.

frost_ on September 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Who wants to bet that Obama doesn’t actually read the PDB, he just says he does to avoid getting briefed by someone he’ll consider dumber than himself.

Truly clueless. I’d question whether he could read at all were not his most famous talent oration via teleprompter.

BKennedy on September 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It’s beneath him, obviously. Reading national security briefings is so… Bush-era. Obama’s intellect would be wasted on such a trivial matter. The nation is better served when the brilliant president refers to ISIS as “JV” which is clearly the utilization of a three-dimensional, chess-like strategic acumen.

Aizen on September 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I am curious. When did Fournier stop referring to Barky as President Obama. I thought only using a POTUS’ last name was a sign of disrespect only used for Republican Presidents. I think the use of “Obama” is far more interesting than the actual article itself.

xkaydet65 on September 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

…and his pigheaded Utopian dreams are still on top of them, having pulverized the fools…

Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Obama was not even president when all that shi!t went down. But why let facts get in the way of a good president blaming.

rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I don’t think he’s ever been president. Empty suit, empty chair, empty strategy.

NotCoach on September 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

This is all so much BS What part of ” if the tide turns, I will stand with my muslim bros” ( Not sure that is the exact quote but it was something close to it) And look at the number of muslims who are in the admin in exec position within the intel and security offices. The enemy is within the gates people.

retiredeagle on September 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Is there any real significance to O using the term “ISIL”? Haven’t seen much discussion on this.

MT on September 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I go with ISO (Islamic States of Obama). Short, truthful, and vaguely corporate what with the similarity to the norms of the International Organization for Standardization.

But Obama uses ISIL (Islamic States of Iran and the Levant), in theory, to avoid pointing out that Capt. Kickass has allowed this cancer spread to two nations. Of course, the Levant also includes Israel so maybe he’s telegraphing something to his Muslim cousins.

Happy Nomad on September 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Threat? It all depends on which side Obama is on.

Remember, Obama is also getting a daily briefing from his Muslim handlers.
(cough) Valerie…(cough).

albill on September 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Obama is a millstone around this country’s neck.

We are stuck with this turd and our frustration grows.

islandman78 on September 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Is there any real significance to O using the term “ISIL”?

MT on September 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Yes. It’s not “ISIS,” which denotes the importance of Syria, something Obama doesn’t want to mention because it implicates his administration’s failed foreign policy (especially) with regard to that region.

“ISIL” is more broad — it refers to the Levant, which includes Cyprus, “Palestine,” Lebanon, Jordan, and other countries, which is geographically larger in scope as it essentially alludes to the entire Eastern Mediterranean. It’s nothing more than a political term, used by Obama to exploit differing terminologies in order to pass the buck on Syria.

Aizen on September 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

No surprise here. He is a muslim sympathizer. Why would he be so harsh with Israel? Why did he turn the once great NASA into a muslim outreach program. Why did Benghazi burn and bergdahl get a free pass plus five nasty terrorists? Why are our borders unsecure? Folks the enemy is within the walls. The walls have been breached. Repent America….the clock is ticking….PS>>keep your powder dry and get on the right side of God…

crosshugger on September 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

This is all so much BS What part of ” if the tide turns, I will stand with my muslim bros” ( Not sure that is the exact quote but it was something close to it) And look at the number of muslims who are in the admin in exec position within the intel and security offices. The enemy is within the gates people.

retiredeagle on September 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Exactly right. The Muslim Brotherhood has an operative as President in the White House.

You remember that Islamic cultist that said a couple of weeks ago they wanted to hoist the flag of ISIS over the White House?

What he MEANT was that they wanted Obama to do it. They just didn’t want to out their man in the White House.

Meople on September 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

So the President declines briefings, and no one sees evidence he’s actually reading the PDB (since he rarely asks questions about it).

In his press appearances he seems unaware or oddly calm, even going so far as to say (incredibly) that people shouldn’t read the news and they’ll be lots more sanguine about the world.

At this point President Obama looks and acts like a delusional person, and maybe even a person being medicated. Can that possibly be so, that the President is actually being treated medically and the rest of the administration won’t say so? Can the Progressives in power positions around the President really be crazy enough to run the risk of having a leader in such bad shape while the world melts down?

MTF on September 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Obama was not even president when all that shi!t went down. But why let facts get in the way of a good president blaming.
 
rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

 
?
 
VegasRick on September 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

 
It’s partly a joke about Obama phoning it in from golf courses, bachelor parties, and fundraisers, but it’s also a laugh at/as a direct quote from a true believer so that Obama, peace be upon him, can remain blameless in all things.
 
Hopefully we can give it a bit and see if someone chimes in.

rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Obama briefed for more than a year

Is that like being pantsed?

faraway on September 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Obama was not even president when all that shi!t went down. But why let facts get in the way of a good president blaming.

rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

When does his presidency start?

vityas on September 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Did the Muslim Brotherhood give any warning when they lunched with Dear Leader….

d1carter on September 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Interesting that he reads his briefing, that is the kind of thing that needs to be done in person.

Sven on September 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

The official who has close knowledge of the process said the President, who reads the PDB unlike his predecessors who traditionally had the document briefed to them, was not known to come back to the intelligence community with further questions or “taskings.” Asked to describe the frequency, the former Pentagon official said “not generally.”

I’ll bet Preezy is now coming up with many “taskings” as to the identity of this ‘former Pentagon official’.

Marcola on September 2, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Well to be honest, ISIS was wearing its JV jerseys to fool everyone, only now have they suddenly donned their varsity duds with their last names emblazoned across the back.

Bishop on September 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

When Obama finds out from the news that he ignored ISIS for a year he’s going to be pissed of at whoever it is that is responsible for the government.

gwelf on September 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Contrary to recent comments, the Pentagon official says that Obama was offered strategic opportunities to attack ISIS targets on a broad scale, but that Obama didn’t respond to them:

The source who is familiar with the deliberations said “(we) were ready to fire, on a moments notice, on a couple hundred targets,” but no order was given. In some cases, targets were tracked for a “long period of time” but then slipped away.

the question that must be asked outwardly and openly is “Who’s side is Obama on?”

My take is that he’s on the side of his JayVee team, along with Valerie The Iranian Jarrett.

Key West Reader on September 2, 2014 at 12:36 PM

I know a sure way to get rid of ISIS, send them all redskins jersies!

Sven on September 2, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Dog Eater will blame the Weather Channel for not providing full ISIS coverage at the exact time he was watching.

Bishop on September 2, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Obama was not even president when all that shi!t went down. But why let facts get in the way of a good president blaming.

rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

?

VegasRick on September 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

It’s partly a joke about Obama phoning it in from golf courses, bachelor parties, and fundraisers, but it’s also a laugh at/as a direct quote from a true believer so that Obama, peace be upon him, can remain blameless in all things.

Hopefully we can give it a bit and see if someone chimes in.

rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

It’s also an apt comment because it’s a classic trope of an Obama speech to decry things that have been going on during his own administration, even in cases where he said he’d fix them when running for election. Many (most?) Obama speeches come with the presumption that Obama doesn’t have control over anything and that he just got here and he needs to get to the bottom of it, etc.

gwelf on September 2, 2014 at 12:37 PM

We all know this national security stuff bores poor Barry.

the President, who reads the PDB unlike his predecessors who traditionally had the document briefed to them

Translation:

He never heard of any of it.

formwiz on September 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

If it weren’t for social media this would not be happening…..

d1carter on September 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

After suggestions that the administration may have been blindsided by the rise of ISIS, and that poor intelligence was to blame, the former Pentagon official said some of the intelligence was so good it was described as “exquisite” when the President drew a red line on chemical weapons use in Syria in 2012.

Think about this for a moment. This note could have easily been a double entendre where individuals giving the briefing perceive it to mean good quality, it also could mean our muslim president was very pleased to see islam progressing along as it is.

Skwor on September 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

If Obama was a closet Muslim what would he be doing differently, other than not drinking beer?

Basilsbest on September 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Cripe

We are so screwed

cmsinaz on September 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Obama needs to find out whose Azz to kick because he
was not aware of these briefings.

ToddPA on September 2, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Just as VP Cheney said, Obama is not reading his daily briefings. Case closed!

rjoco1 on September 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I mean, that obviously — we all know it was a slip… He’s human–mistakes are made.

Gee, thanks for pointing that out.

Although last part will probably come as a shock to most of the MSNBC audience.

Hucklebuck on September 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Remember the howling by the left of a certain pdb during W’s term….good times

Crickets now

cmsinaz on September 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM

We all know this national security stuff bores poor Barry.

the President, who reads the PDB unlike his predecessors who traditionally had the document briefed to them

Translation:

He never heard of any of it.

formwiz on September 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM

And once again, we have the Limbaugh Theorem displayed in all it’s brilliance and glory.

Meople on September 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

“He’s human–mistakes are made.”

Thanks for the passive-voice construction, Joe. We’re all quite familiar with the line, “Mistakes were made.” Who made those mistakes, numbnuts? In this case, Obama made it, so make him own it and choke on it. Don’t hand me the stock line, “Mistakes were/are made.”

BuckeyeSam on September 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Obama was not even president when all that shi!t went down. But why let facts get in the way of a good president blaming.

rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

?

VegasRick on September 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

He’s either in a Mac-n-Cheese or Choom induced coma.

Key West Reader on September 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

were ready to fire, on a moments notice, on a couple hundred targets

This is shocking, even for Obama.

Hello, House of Representatives… hello, is anyone there?

faraway on September 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Obama was not even president when all that shi!t went down. But why let facts get in the way of a good president blaming.

rogerb on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

?

VegasRick on September 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

He’s either in a Mac-n-Cheese or Choom induced coma.

Key West Reader on September 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Roger, please use your sarc tag LOL

Key West Reader on September 2, 2014 at 12:47 PM

The source who is familiar with the deliberations said “(we) were ready to fire, on a moments notice, on a couple hundred targets,” but no order was given. In some cases, targets were tracked for a “long period of time” but then slipped away.

Should have told Dog Eater they were non-unionized Tea Partiers, he would have pressed the launch button himself.

Bishop on September 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Hello, House of Representatives… hello, is anyone there?

faraway on September 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Hello, You’ve reached the United States House of Representatives. All of our members are on vacation or out of town until September 9th. Please leave your name, a brief message, and credit card information for your contribution and somebody will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you and remember- freedom isn’t free but neither are polticial campaigns! Have a nice day.

Happy Nomad on September 2, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Should have told Dog Eater they were non-unionized Tea Partiers, he would have pressed the launch button himself.

Bishop on September 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM

You mean he doesn’t always give the go/no go order for these things? I thought for sure he was down in the situation room last night dealing with that terrorist operation in Somolia.

Happy Nomad on September 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

How discouraging this must be for the Intelligence and Military. Doing your job and having all the hard work ignored. Change………….you can’t believe the change he has made……Yes we can?=utter BS.

Herb on September 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM

“Robert Gibbs, speaking of catching our breath,” said the MSNBC host, “I’m just curious. Are there oxygen masks in the press secretary’s office when the president says something like he said on last week where the oxygen masks drop and you can catch a deep breath before you go talk to him? I mean, that obviously — we all know it was a slip. But that obviously, everybody in the White House had to gasp when he did that, right? You’ve been there. … He’s human–mistakes are made.”

joe scarborough said this??? last week joe was claiming this “mistake” was actually a page out of art of war, 0bama was channeling sun Tzu!!

chasdal on September 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 4m

Shit RT @JasonUkman: The Islamic State has released a video claiming to have beheaded Steven Sotloff, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM

former Pentagon official says the Presidential Daily Briefing has included warnings about ISIS for more than a year,

That presupposes that ‘the smartest man in the world’ even bothers to READ the PDB.

After all, time on the golf course is precious.

GarandFan on September 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 1:07 PM

More “tolerance” from the “religion of peace”.

Guess they’ve pretty much blown that meme out of the water, huh?

Nuke them. Now.

Meople on September 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

He thought Isis had to do with global warming…”There seems to be a lack of Isis at the North Pole”

right2bright on September 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

When does his presidency start?

vityas on September 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

October 7th 1917.

Judge_Dredd on September 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM

So he refused to bomb ISIS targets in Syria due to the complications surrounding bombing of a foreign country in the midst of a civil war. That doesn’t surprise me. At the time, ISIS was only active in Syria and probably hard to distinguish from other groups in the country.

For most of the medicare/SSD recipients on this site, the headline is all they need. Throw in a few choice words like golfcart and benghazi, and you’re good to go.

antisense on September 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

So he refused to bomb ISIS targets in Syria due to the complications surrounding bombing of a foreign country in the midst of a civil war. That doesn’t surprise me. At the time, ISIS was only active in Syria and probably hard to distinguish from other groups in the country.

antisense on September 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

So? Who cares?

Like I said, nuke them. Now.

Meople on September 2, 2014 at 1:17 PM

D*MMITTS:

US journalist Steven Sotloff held captive by Islamic State
3m

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest says officials will evaluate new video that may show beheading of 2nd US journalist – @jamiedupree
End of alert
=============

American journalist executed by Islamic State
8m
Editor’s note:

@Reuters is reporting via SITE intelligence monitoring service that ISIL has released a video apparently showing the beheading of US hostage Steven Sotloff. There is no confirmation that the video is authentic at this time. We will update when we know more. – Grace
End of note

canopfor on September 2, 2014 at 1:17 PM

BREAKING: ISIS Beheads American Reporter Steven Sotloff, Releases Video Of Execution…

Resist We Much on September 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM

RWM: Just seen the info coming in,……………F**K:0

canopfor on September 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Anyone who thinks we can live with people like ISIS, and in that I mean Muslim cultists, is dangerously stupid. THEY, the Muslim cultists, won’t allow it.

So, it’s us or them.

I pick us. Nuke them. Now.

Meople on September 2, 2014 at 1:21 PM

RWM: Just seen the info coming in,……………F**K:0

canopfor on September 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

May he RIP.

Dang bad news. Prayers for Steve and his family/friends. I always pray for all of us.

CoffeeLover on September 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

So he refused to bomb ISIS targets in Syria due to the complications surrounding bombing of a foreign country in the midst of a civil war. That doesn’t surprise me.

antisense on September 2, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Really. And were you equally not surprised when he bombed Libya, a foreign country in the midst of a civil war–? Never mind.

de rigueur on September 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

But Obama is using drones on the barbarians.
What exactly do the neo-cons what?

I’m a little perplexed here.

weedisgood on September 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I’m a little perplexed here.

weedisgood on September 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Might be time to change your bong water stoner.

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

It’s well known that he does not attend daily briefings.

jaywemm on September 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Has anyone ever figured out what exact work he performs between 10 and 5 most days?

He doesn’t listen to the briefings, remember he sees himself as an “idea” man, not someone who implements his BS.

Someone in the WH got briefed, but King Putt is far too busy for such mundane and trivial tasks.

dogsoldier on September 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

I’m a little perplexed here.

weedisgood on September 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Might be time to change your bong water stoner.

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Maybe if he’d stop smoking that crap, he’d be more mentally stable, and wouldn’t feel the need to troll.

CurtZHP on September 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

I’m a little perplexed here.

weedisgood on September 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

That’s pretty much how you roll all the time

HotAirian on September 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Obama may have been briefed for a year about the ISIS threat, but he channeled Hillary Clinton: “What difference does it make? I ended the war in Iraq!”

Steve Z on September 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Is questioning the President’s native intelligence still racist?

We were told he was very very smart. But never shown any proof. Proof such as: test scores or grades or even work product. He never produced one ounce of proof of his intelligence. He “wrote” a couple of highly ghost edited books. He was affirmatively accepted to schools and a law review, still no evidence of his qualifications for those honors. Not even a law review article written before he could have a ghost editor.

Can we now say: Obama doesn’t seem to have much capacity for understanding complex issues? Obama isn’t very intelligent.

Can anyone give evidence that that statement is false?

petunia on September 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

One of the most important aspects of the presidency is the daily briefing. If he cannot attend that, then just what the hell is more important that he must see to that renders him unwilling to attend them? Just what does he do?

Stray Cat on September 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Is there any real significance to O using the term “ISIL”? Haven’t seen much discussion on this.

MT on September 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I go with ISO (Islamic States of Obama). Short, truthful, and vaguely corporate what with the similarity to the norms of the International Organization for Standardization.

But Obama uses ISIL (Islamic States of Iran and the Levant), in theory, to avoid pointing out that Capt. Kickass has allowed this cancer spread to two nations. Of course, the Levant also includes Israel so maybe he’s telegraphing something to his Muslim cousins.

Happy Nomad on September 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

There has been some rumblings about it, but hasn’t gained traction

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Blogs/Peek-POV/2014/06/23/Obamas-Use-ISIL-Not-ISIS-Tells-Another-Story

Renee on September 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

This is another tragedy. What would be more tragic is pretending that revenge is a good reason to ignore all of the logistical impossibilities of proposing a ground war or the moral impossibilities of proposing genocidal measures. These murders are an attempt to encourage us to start another ground war, a move that will only strengthen ISIS’ hold among the populace. And a “final solution” is beneath our values. Grind your teeth all you want, there’s nothing we can really do.

Though I suppose, we could stop sending journalists over there, and we could end all military contracting with ME nations. But the later goes against the weapons lobby, oh well. Profit comes first of course.

libfreeordie on September 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Can we now say: Obama doesn’t seem to have much capacity for understanding complex issues? Obama isn’t very intelligent.

As soon as his critics come up with an idea that isn’t a retread of Bush’s failed invasion and occupation of Iraq or of Reagan’s triangulation with Saddam via an alliance with Assad or a genocidal fantasy of nuclear attack that will never happen.

libfreeordie on September 2, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Dear Liar is unable to act as president. Yes, Joe Biden is the less worse option at this point.

rbj on September 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I never in my most fevered imaginings thought I would see those words used in a sentence.
That I do see them, and that I agree with them, scares the living sh*t out of me.

VelvetElvis on September 2, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Libfree- you were against striking Al Qaeda in Afghanistan?

Chuck Schick on September 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

there’s nothing we can really do.

libfreeordie on September 2, 2014 at 2:21 PM

It hasn’t gone unnoticed that you have refrained from making a big #Ferguson deal out of the Muslim spree killer of homosexuals in the US.

Getting too close for comfort, eh?

Resist We Much on September 2, 2014 at 2:37 PM

As soon as his critics come up with an idea that isn’t a retread of Bush’s failed invasion and occupation of Iraq…

The only failure of the invasion and occupation was Obama’s premature and ill conceived early withdrawal.

F X Muldoon on September 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Mr President. We get it. You don’t WANT to LEAD. Just admit it and quit pretending you want to lead a coalition against ISIS.

Question: If you were a leader of another allied country – would you trust the success and safety of your country’s troops to an effort led by President Obama? Would you put your country’s troops in harm’s way when the ‘leading’ country won’t commit their troops to the fight?

Beckham on September 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Gibbs: Yeah, that “no strategy” remark was “wince-able.”

Gibbsy, you suck and you’re part of the problem. So, STFU.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

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