With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris carried out by ISIS, Americans are on high alert—and rightfully so. Just hours prior to the attacks Obama said that ISIS was “contained.” Americans everywhere are baffled by Obama’s continued ignorance and lack of strategy when it comes to destroying the Islamic State.
Yesterday, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency stated on The Lead with Jake Tapper, that the White House knowingly ignored a 2012 report about the rise of ISIS because they didn’t mesh well with the re-election “narrative.”
Now it is all starting to make sense. Of course the President believes ISIS is contained, he has been willingly and knowingly ignoring reports about the serious threats that ISIS poses to America and to the world since it wouldn’t help him get re-elected.
The scary thing is that these aren’t the first reports we have heard from former Obama intelligence officials regarding the White House ignoring their reports on ISIS. This September The Daily Beast published an exclusive story by Shane Harris and Nancy A. Youssef, claiming that over 50 spies say ISIS intelligence was cooked. These 50 intelligence analysts formally filed a complaint that their reports on ISIS were being “inappropriately” altered by senior officials
“The cancer was within the senior level of the intelligence command,” one defense official said.
These are very powerful words. If there truly is a “cancer” at the highest level of command, Americans have a lot to be concerned about when it comes to national defense and security. According to the Daily Beast, the accusations being made suggest that a significant amount of people tracking the inner workings of ISIS think that their reports are being altered to fit a public narrative—echoing the sentiments of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
It is disturbing to think that our military and intelligence officials aren’t being listened to by the Obama administration simply because it doesn’t fit their narrative. Just yesterday lawmakers on Capitol Hill heard from the chairman of the Pentagon’s Joint Cheifs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford that ISIS is not contained, contradicting President Obama’s statements. We now have to question whether or not intelligence reports are still being ignored because of their inconvenience to the administration and because of the looming election year.
Sadly, these reports from top military and intelligence officials aren’t surprising. Americans have noticed for a while that Obama’s statements on ISIS show how little he knows about the threat they pose or that he is deliberately ignoring the facts. A new CBS poll indicates that only 23% of Americans think Obama has a clear strategy for defeating ISIS, which shows just how little confidence Americans have in their commander-in-chief.
On Monday, just weeks after the Paris attacks, Obama made mind-boggling remarks at a climate change summit in Paris, where he made it a point to mention that he will beat ISIS by fighting climate change.
Let’s be honest, ISIS was never a “jayvee” team, it was never “contained,” and it certainly won’t be defeated by resolving to end climate change, but it was a good narrative for the Obama administration spin to quell the fear of the American public. However, this narrative stands in stark contrast with the real narrative, the one being told by military and senior intelligence officials–the one being ignored. There’s one thing very well-known by the American public and that’s Obama’s strength as a story-teller in chief, but his rhetoric doesn’t match the dire situation we are in. As Americans we should demand the truth from our commander-in-chief and realize that radical Islamists are waging a war against us and the ideals and freedoms we stand for.
Where do Obama’s priorities lie? Certainly not with degrading or destroying ISIS. Apparently, with winning elections and combating climate change. I assure you Mr. President, you won’t eradicate terrorism by solving climate change and you also won’t win elections by deliberately pulling wool over the eyes of the American public.