In an interview over the weekend President Obama said that “they” underestimated ISIS.
Watch as we see how a Democrat passes the buck.
Steve Kroft: Two years ago, in the White House, in this building, you talked about al Qaeda being decimated. You talked about al Qaeda being back on its heels. Two years later, you’ve got al Qaeda affiliates and al Qaeda offshoots controlling huge chunks of both Iraq and Syria. And you have militias, Islamic radical militias in control of Libya.
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President Obama: If you’ll recall, Steve, you had an international network in al Qaeda between Afghanistan and Pakistan, headed by Bin Laden. And that structure we have rendered ineffective. But what I also said, and this was two years ago and a year ago, is that you have regional groups with regional ambitions and territorial ambitions. And what also has not changed is the kind of violent, ideologically driven extremism that has taken root in too much of the Muslim world. And this week, in my speech to the United Nations General Assembly, I made very clear we are not at war against Islam. Islam is a religion that preaches peace and the overwhelming majority of Muslims are peaceful. But in the Muslim world right now, there is a cancer that has grown for too long that suggests that it is acceptable to kill innocent people who worship a different God. And that kind of extremism, unfortunately, means that we’re going to see for some time the possibility that in a whole bunch of different countries, radical groups may spring up, particularly in countries that are still relatively fragile, where you had sectarian tensions, where you don’t have a strong state security apparatus. That’s why what we have to do is rather than play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops wherever this occurs, we have to build strong partnerships. We have to get the international community to recognize this is a problem. We’ve got to get Arab and Muslim leaders to say very clearly, “These folks do not represent us. They do not represent Islam,” and to speak out forcefully against them.
Steve Kroft: I understand all the caveats about these regional groups. But this is what an army of 40,000 people, according to some of the military estimates I heard the other day, very well-trained, very motivated.
Steve Kroft: What? How did they end up where they are in control of so much territory? Was that a complete surprise to you?
President Obama: Well I think, our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.
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I wonder if this crass display was meant to instill confidence in the White House or… simply the President’s attempt to appear blameless. If I had to guess, it was the second. President Obama appears to have an almost pathological need to never be at fault, even though he has the final word on every aspect of his administration’s policies.
The Economy – “It’s Bush’s Fault.”
Obamacare – “It’s Sebelius’ Fault!”
IRS Scandal – “It’s Cincinnati’s Fault! And if that doesn’t work – it’s Lois Lerner’s fault!”
Fast and Furious – “It’s the Gun Stores fault! No? It’s the FBI’s Fault! It’s Republicans fault – this is a phony scandal!”
The AP Scandal – “It’s the Justice Department’s fault – but not Eric Holder’s!”
Benghazi – “It’s Hillary Clinton’s Fault!”
Russia – “It’s Vladimir Putin’s fault!”
ISIS – “It’s Jim Clapper’s Fault!”
“It’s not my fault! None of this is my fault! I have a Nobel Peace Prize!”
Sometimes I just can’t understand my fellow citizens. You wouldn’t accept this kind of behavior from an employee, or a coworker, or even a child… but you’ll happily take it from your President? That’s disturbing. Grow up, liberals, and accept the fact that you’ve chosen the worst possible person to be our leader (again – with regrets to Mr. Carter). Can’t we just dump this schlub?
ABC’s Jon Karl wants to know how President Obama could blame the intelligence community for underestimating ISIS when they’ve been saying how dangerous ISIS was for over a year?!?!
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