Bad intel, Barack? Really?? If you think we’re gonna let this one float, buddy, think again.
Saturday from the White House South Lawn, President Barack Obama blamed “intelligence estimates” for not anticipating the speed in which ISIS would capture large sections of Iraq.
We went through the last four years of the Bush presidency with you and your Democrat colleagues and the leftist press on a constant harangue about how Bush lied about WMD’s in Iraq. And when they weren’t peddling the “Bush Lied” headline, they were off on a tirade about how it (Iraq) was a put-up job by the Evil Dick Cheney on behalf of his ex-associates and good buddies at Halliburton.
We were regaled with false stories of patriotism by the John Kerry’s and other Democrat turncoats, in that they were patriotically “for it before they were against it” because mass quantities of weapons of mass destruction in a state of operational readiness were not recovered. (A negative conveniently proved a negative. How novel.) If there was ‘bad intel’ about WMD’s in the runup to 2003,the cowardly Democrats apparently believed it, and later incredibly blamed G.W. Bush as the personal inventor of the ‘intel’, just prior to the fantastic saga they created about him being the mastermind of Hurricane Katrina.
And now we’re being told by the CIC himself (and oh doesn’t he just barely contain the smirk when he refers to himself in that capacity?) that his agents had it all wrong, else he would have gallantly bolted once more into the fray (actually for the first time into the fray) to save a bunch of humanity out there.
Capital “B”, Capital “S”, Obama. You had better start right now having your crack counterfeiting squad (who may or may not know anything about documents or the lack thereof from the Great State of Hawaii) come up with an NIE (that’s a National Intelligence Estimate for those of you in Rio Linda) saying that the New Kids on the Block over there were ‘JV’ (Junior Varsity).
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told Remnick. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”
Local sectarian disputes? If your definition of “local” is a huge swath of the Middle East from inside Syria through western and northern Iraq that ISIS is calling it’s ‘caliphate’ and by sectarian dispute you mean the genocide of Christians by Islamic terrorists- then we have some new definitions and parameters of mass murder.
And if you now are going to tell us that “There is no doubt that their advance, their movement over the last several of months has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates and I think the the expectation of policy makers both in and outside of Iraq,” then you are outing yourself as a liar. You are admitting that the intelligence estimates said that ISIS would, in fact, advance, because you say it has been more rapid than they said it would be. So did your intel chiefs tell you ISIS would likely take Fallujah? Tikrit? Mosul? Inquiring minds would like to know. Because JV’s don’t take entire cities, now do they Barack? And while the intelligence people may, indeed, underestimate the speed at which a capable force may accomplish a goal, they don’t typically miss the capability of a force by a margin of Junior Varsity versus Kobe Bryant. You were too cute by half when you cracked that lie, Barack.
IN the ancient Christian city of Mosul in Iraq the terrorist group Islamic State (formerly ISIL) has painted the Arabic letter “N” on doors of houses to signify that a Christian family lives inside and is in store for special treatment.
U.S. officials also contest that Boko Haram is targeting Christians. Then-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland in 2012 famously labeled Boko Haram “a loosely constructed group attached to trying to address grievances in the north.” At hearings in late May, State Department under secretary Sarah Sewall told lawmakers Boko Haram has killed more Muslims than Christians. Smith, just back from Nigeria where he met with Boko Haram victims, including school girls who escaped the mass abduction in April, could produce numbers to disprove her: Boko Haram attacked 53 churches and two mosques in 2013, he said. At today’s hearing he said Boko Haram had killed 1,000 Christians in the past year in Nigeria, while displacing over 3 million Nigerians, both Christians and Muslims. Of the Chibok schoolgirls in captivity, about a dozen are Muslims and the rest are Christians.
Do we even need to remind ourselves about the vaunted “Arab Spring” and resulting murder and mayhem and the atrocities in Egypt when Morsi and The Brotherhood ascended and Coptic Christians paid the price? Yes, let’s do:
On the other hand, when those who are responsible for the destruction of nearly 100 Christian churches (including an unprecedented attack on the holiest Coptic church, when Morsi was still president) and the murders of Copts and their children finally get ousted by the Egyptian people and their military, it is then that the Obama administration moves and punishes, as it did recently, cutting hundreds of millions in aid to Egypt in direct response to the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood (in other nations, like Syria, the administration supports the Christian-slaughtering, al-Qaeda linked terrorists).
The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was only tangentially related to WMD’s and only tangentially related to the attempted assassination of a US president and only tangentially related to the flow of oil. It was in the larger context not only a follow-on to the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 but in even larger context it was a studied, determined and principled effort to stand up against the slaughter of innocents. The kind of slaughter we are witnessing in the Middle East and Central Africa today.
We know not what vision George W. Bush has for his legacy, nor do we know what the odds are for a near-term or even long-term return to normalcy, sanity and clarity in the conduct of foreign policy. What we do know is that you don’t need to bother yourself too much about your legacy, Mr. Obama. That’s pretty much taking care of itself. And it’s not…..pretty.