President Obama Throws the U.S. Intelligence Community Under the Bus

Because, you know, he’s too perfect to take the blame for any of his fuckups

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President Obama says the US intelligence agencies underestimated Islamic State activity in Syria and overestimated the Iraqi army's role to fight back against militants 

President Obama says the US intelligence agencies underestimated Islamic State activity in Syria and overestimated the Iraqi army’s role to fight back against militants

In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday night, President Barack Obama placed blame squarely at the foot of the US intelligence community for the rise of the Islamic State, the extremist group also known as ISIS.

Citing comments from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Obama said the intelligence community had “underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” referring to the rise of ISIS militants in the country’s northeast.

But American spies, experts, and journalists who have been watching the progress of ISIS, the extremist offshoot of Al Qaeda, immediately pushed back against the president’s assessment.

“Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting, or he’s bullshitting,” one former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and…

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