Donald Trump stated that he would not attend every intelligence briefing. Much of the media has weighed in on him quite critically, while ignoring the fact that his predecessor, Barack Obama, certainly had a way with missing important meetings. Obama made a laughably bold statement to deflect blame last Wednesday, telling CNN that intelligence agencies didn’t properly brief him for the rise of ISIS in 2014.
“The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul, for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen.” – President Barack Obama, last Wednesday
Obama had made a campaign pledge to pull out of Iraq, no matter the cost or circumstances, which occurred in 2011. There was no plan to maintain some kind of stabilizing force beyond that date, and violence erupted.
As early as 2012, a report was produced by the Defense Intelligence Agency, warning that the neighboring Syrian civil war was enabling terrorist factions such as Al-Qaida to expand and succeed.
Donald Trump’s pick for National Security Advisor, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, told the New York Times that the DIA report was ignored.
“This particular report, this was one of those nobody wanted to see. It was disregarded by the White House, it didn’t meet the narrative” – Michael Flynn, 2015
Obama ignored this report, and simply pulled out anyway, which is widely credited with helping create the conditions that allowed ISIS to flourish, peaking in 2015. Mosul, Iraq’ssecond-largest city, was seized, and Baghdad itself was threatened.
The liberal media, of course, had little to say about this for the most part. Obama himself comes across as shockingly craven and hypocritical, blaming intelligence agencies for information they furnished him with.
There is also a lesson, perhaps, in the advisability of skipping such intelligence meetings. Obama was described as “literally out to lunch” for some of these briefings. In other ways, he was mentally “out to lunch,” as well. Ignoring facts that don’t fit your world view is dangerous and foolish for anyone, but it carries real weight and consequences when you are the President of the United States, with millions of lives depending on your decisions.