Obama Blames Intelligence Community for Failing to Anticipate ISIS Threat

‘I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria’

Duck and Cover: Obama Blames Intelligence Community for Underestimating Terrorist Threat (The Washington Free Beacon)

President Obama told 60 Minutes host Steve Kroft that the rise of ISIL in Syria was due to “underestimation” by the U.S. intelligence community.

“I think our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said.

Obama said because al Qaeda in Iraq was able to reconstitute itself during the chaos of the Syrian Civil War, Syria had, in effect, become “ground zero” for jihadists around the world.

Video files
Full
Compact
Audio files
Full
Compact
Similar stories
CBS: ‘There’s a Paper Trail’ of Intel Officials who Warned Obama About ISIS Threat
Fmr. Rep. Joe Sestak: It Wasn’t the Intelligence Community who Underestimated ISIS
Sean Duffy: ‘I Have a Concern About What Our Intelligence Community Is Doing’
Schumer Last Week: Intelligence Community May ‘Get Back at’ Trump for Tweet
Ed Markey: Trump Involved in ‘Corporate Takeover’ of Intelligence Community