Kinzinger: Wasn’t George Bush ‘Excoriated’ for Underestimating Osama bin Laden?
GOP Rep on Obama ‘Underestimating’ ISIS: Wasn’t Bush ‘Excoriated’ for Missing bin Laden? (Mediaite)
Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) toldMorning Joe Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s claim that the U.S. “underestimated” ISIS should be viewed skeptically since the severity of the threat was clear by spring, and especially given how much grief former President George W. Bushgot for not catching an intelligence briefing warning about Osama bin Laden.
MJ-regular Eugene Robinson asked if it was fair to critique Obama, as intelligence briefings are comprehensive and could contain dozens of things a commander in chief has to pay attention to.
“That’s a fair point,” Kinzinger said. “But I’m sure ISIS was not in his briefing just one day. My guess is this surfaced a lot. My guess is it probably got big enough, especially in this last spring, when his intelligence folks were coming to him personally and saying, ‘Mr. President, this is a huge growing problem’, and yet nothing was done.”