3 Times Obama Administration Was Warned About ISIS Threat


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By JONATHAN KARL
ABC News

Did the intelligence community underestimate ISIS or did the president?

In his “60 Minutes” interview, President Obama seemed to put the blame on the intelligence community, saying, “I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.” At the White House daily briefing, Press Secretary Josh Earnest cast the net quite a bit wider.

“Everybody was surprised to see the rapid advance that ISIL was able to make from Syria across the Iraqi border,” said Earnest. “To be able to take over such large swaths of territory in Iraq did come as a surprise.”

But for nearly a year, senior officials in the U.S. government have been warning about the alarming rise of ISIS, or ISIL as the terrorist group is also known, and the inability of the Iraqi government to confront the threat.

Here are three examples:

BRETT MCGURK
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran

On Nov. 14, 2013, State Department official Brett McGurk testified before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee extensively about the growing threat of ISIL/ISIS.

“We face a real problem,” McGurk said. “There is no question that ISIL is growing roots in Syria and in Iraq.”

McGurk was quite specific about the extent of the threat. He cited the group’s alarming campaign of suicide bombings, its growing financial resources and its expanding safe haven in Syria.

“We have seen upwards of 40 suicide bombers per month targeting playgrounds, mosques, and markets, in addition to government sites from Basra to Baghdad to Erbil,” he said.

He was also specific about the inability of the Iraqi government to deal with it.

“AQ/ISIL has benefited from a permissive operating environment due to inherent weaknesses of Iraqi security forces, poor operational tactics, and popular grievances, which remain unaddressed, among the population in Anbar and Nineva provinces.”

ROBERT BEECROFT
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

In January, ISIS/ISIL gave a strong indication of just how much of a threat they posed when the group took over the Iraqi city of Fallujah and part of Ramadi. At that point, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Robert Beecroft said it could get a whole lot worse.

“It’s a very precarious situation,” Beercroft told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz. “And a misstep anywhere could set off a larger conflict in the country.”

Lt. Gen. MICHAEL FLYNN
U.S. Army Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

On Feb. 11, 2014, the Pentagon’s top intelligence official, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, warned the group would likely attempt to take over even more territory.

“ISIL probably will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014, as demonstrated recently in Ramadi and Fallujah, and the group’s ability to concurrently maintain multiple safe havens in Syria,” Flynn told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

That’s a prediction, unfortunately, that proved to be right on target.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin also tried to warn the US that the anti-Assad/anti-Shia Sunni “rebels” that the Obama administration vowed to support were in reality barbaric terrorists. But, as with Putin’s effort to warn us about the Boston bombers, the Obama admin ignored the warning.


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It’s certainly unfortunate that the USSR before and then Russia chose to support a sponsor of terrorism like Assad, see Lebanon and a Government that shot down peaceful protesters that indeed led to the resentment that saw a group like ISIS rise. It certainly seems ISIS mainly rose in Syria first.

Stats for that war are estimated at 190,000 dead and 3 million refugees whether accurate stats can actually be made and that civil war has been going on only since about 2010.


#4

One could insert fascist regimes like Chile’s Pinochet and the Nicaraguan Contra governments in order to make the exact same statement about the US government.


#5

ISIS rose out of the Sunni extremist attempt to overthrow the Shia leadership of Syria. It then spread to Iraq. It is part of a larger global terrorism jihad being waged by Sunnis against the Shias and against all non-Muslims. This movement actually began with the so-called “Arab Spring” which began with the uprisings in Tunisia. Not just in Syria and Iraq, but with Muslims worldwide, the Sunni extremists have been trying to ethnically cleanse Islam of the Shia minority, telling the Shias to convert to Sunni Islam or die. Knowingly or not, Obama helped ISIS by choosing to side with the ones who were fighting against President Assad. So while Assad was busy fighting against ISIS, Obama was doing things which helped them. While Christian news was reporting about the anti-Assad rebels beheading and crucifying Christians, the secular press was largely ignoring it. And the Obama admin was pledging more support to these savages. The Obama admin wants us to trust Sunnis who tell him that they are moderate, but there’s no way of knowing that they aren’t lying while secretly supporting the Islamic terror. And lying to non-Muslims is allowed and encouraged in Islam.


#6

Well, they were warned about terrorists like the Tsarnev Brothers, too so…


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A war against terrorists never fit into Obama’s agenda. The narrative that a meek and humbled American foreign policy that makes love not war would bring the best out of the third world was not partial to messages to the contrary messages that there are some very barbaric forces at work in the world that need to be contained.

If what it takes is falling poll numbers going into the next election cycle to help Obama see the light, then so be it. He has never bee a stickler for the truth, or for taking any responsibility on himself anyway. At least he follows the polls though, and the American potential voters have spoken him through the polls.


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Please provide the facts then, Chile or Nicaragua did not sponsor terrorism in neighboring states. Wrong.

I did not see millions of refugees out of Chile or Nicaragua, once against wrong.

Fatalities like 190,000 in 4 years?? Wrong again.

One could insert the same about the Roman Empire.

No, Putin, Russia and USSR have supported a bloody regime for about 40 years but even Putin has distanced himself from Assad.


#9

Russia, USSR, Putin and Assad are responsible for the rise of ISIS as well.

If the Syrian Government thought more of its own people than simply killing them if they protested, we may not be seeing this.

Small protests started in Syria on 28 January 2011. Large protests erupted on 15 March 2011 and grew stronger; the Syrian government’s reaction on those protests became violent on 16 March, deadly on 18 March, and grew harsher.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Syrian_Civil_War_%28January%E2%80%93April_2011%29

Yes, Obama and Clinton are responsible but so are Putin and overall more than anyone, Assad.

Putin has even distanced himself from Assad, it’s not buddy-buddy anymore because of this civil war.

To deny that is to show a lack of knowledge of the situation.

Assad’s father shelled his own neighborhood. The damage the father and son have done is in part of why we are doing this.

And the Assads has killed Christians in the neighboring state, country of Lebanon, that too has been with backing of either USSR or Russia.


#10

Minor (well, maybe not so minor) correction – the regime in Syria is Alawite, not Shiite.


#11

There are two major divisions of Islam which are Sunni and Shia. Alawite is under the category of Shia Islam.


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THAT is going on my FB page!


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Some polls and commentary out there would give most presidents a clue many lack any confidence in him.

Military times reader survey asked more than 2,200 active-duty troops this question: “In your opinion, do you think the U.S. military should send a substantial number of combat troops to Iraq to support the Iraqi security forces?Slightly more than 70 percent responded: “No.”


One Air Force lieutenant colonel said he supports taking the fight to the Islamic State militants, even if that involves a large number of U.S. combat troops. But he worries that the country’s leadership will not completely see the mission through.

“If we do it halfheartedly, we shouldn’t do it at all,” he said, adding that America should expand its military mission in Iraq “only if we’re committed to complete victory.”

“I’m not hearing that now,” he said. “There’s political fear of blowback for making such a declaration. War, as ugly as it is, should be done in a very overwhelming and clear fashion.”

Troops intuitively understand that final decisions ultimately land on Obama’s desk. And support for Obama within the military — never especially high — has dropped significantly since he took office, according to the Military Times survey. In 2009, 35 percent of service members approved of the way Obama was “handling of his job as commander in chief.” This year, that figure dropped below 15 percent.

navytimes.com/interactive/article/20140927/NEWS/309270032

62 percent of voters say they support Obama’s decision to take action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, while 22 percent oppose it.

Yet…

Nearly 70 percent of Americans say they lack confidence that the U.S. will achieve its goals in fighting the terrorist group ISIS, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll.

nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/large-majority-americans-lack-confidence-obama-mission-destroy-isis-poll-n202976

Gary Anderson, a retired Marine Corps Colonel may be right on the mark.

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#17

You are moving your own goalpost. You accused Russia of supporting regimes which engaged in terrorism, which is true. But you also don’t seem to want to admit our federal government did the exact same thing. Trying to make it about terrorism outside one’s own borders now is trying to reframe the original comment to which I replied.


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I certainly don’t see people trying to immigrate to countries that are Communistic such as North Korea and Cuba. Let’s make sure too that was the danger seen at least in Nicaragua. Chile is probably different.


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I am not sure what you are even trying to argue here. I was not defending communism. Chile and Nicaragua are no longer fascist regimes. Chile in particular made a complete reversal and is now a relatively prosperous nation, despite the radical economic and political policies of the Reagan-era fascist regime. Plenty of people are immigrating to Chile.

If you just want to get into some nonsensical ideological debate about what wingnut ideology is better, then I don’t really feel like playing. I don’t like any of them.


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