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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Former intelligence chief on Islamic State's rise: "We were not paying attention"


It sits besides that doctor you could keep, the $2,500 drop in premiums, and a racial healing in the pile of B.S. that  turned out to be the opposite of what Barack Obama said they would be.

Mike Flynn, retired head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and former assistant director of national intelligence under President Obama, told Der Spiegel why the Islamic State rose on Obama's watch,

From Flynn via Der Spiegel:
There were all kinds of strategic and tactical warnings and lots of reporting. And even the guys in the Islamic State said that they were going to attack overseas. I just don't think people took them seriously. When I first heard about the recent attacks in Paris, I was like, "Oh, my God, these guys are at it again, and we're not paying attention." The change that I think we need to be more aware of is that, in Europe, there is a leadership structure. And there's likely a leader or a leadership structure in each country in Europe. The same is probably similar for the United States, but just not obvious yet.
To be fair, President George Walker Bush made similar mistakes.

Barack Obama was too dumb to learn from them.

1 comment:

  1. I invite your review of my explanation of the law and policy, fact basis - the why - of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) drawn from the primary sources of the mission.

    It's important to set the record straight on OIF. A main underlying reason for "I just don't think people took them seriously" is the logical solution for the problem has been disqualified by a taboo that's been bolted onto the 'strong horse' type of American leadership that's needed - the type of American leadership that manifested with OIF. The taboo is premised on a stigma derived from a false narrative of OIF. Therefore, breaking the taboo requires de-stigmatizing OIF by setting the record straight and discrediting the false narrative of OIF in the public conception. Once the why of OIF is correctly understood, then the 'strong horse' type of American leadership that manifested with OIF can be re-normalized.