Skip to comments.White House to Congress: We Did Not See ISIL Coming
Posted on 06/25/2014 2:01:15 PM PDT by lbryce
Senior Obama administration officials closed-door briefing to senators Tuesday night revealed that the White House did not anticipate and was not prepared for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), which has wreaked havoc in Iraq and seized many key cities in recent weeks.
Top State Department and Defense Department officials joined senators Tuesday evening for a briefing on the quickly developing chaos in Iraq and future U.S. plans for a response.
Sources familiar with the brief said that the administration officials repeated talking points issued over the past several days in both open and closed door meetings and had trouble communicating a concrete plan for response.
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I think they may have provided seed money towards the Syrian nonsense.
The administration and our allies are way behind on the learning curve about who the threat to world civilization is. You'd think they would've woken up after ignoring warnings about the Tsarnov brothers.
Now you've got terrorist wannabees globally probably inspired by ISIS about how to get it done. I can't see how this ends well without using the approach the Egyptian generals did when the MB proved to be out of control maniacs.
They must have heard about it on the news, like the rest of us.
We are so frigging screwed..
Prolly because there are Muslim brotherhood types advising the regime ISIL was no big deal.
Somehow, this is all tied to Benghazi..........I just know it is...............
ISIL has their field reps sitting over here in the WH...
You better hope there’s never a Nuclear attack ,oops missed it
Who could NOT know ISIL was strengthening when they took Fallujah in Jan.
A: STOP LYING zer0 and co.
B: PICK A FRICKING NAME FOR THESE TERRORSCUM AND STICK TO IT!
C: TURN YOURSELVES IN FOR JAIL TIME OR COMMIT SUICIDE.
They found out about it on the news like everyone else.
The White House couldn’t see an elephant coming in an ant parade.
Oh come on. Everybody knows that was the JV team. Obama said so.
The generals and Free Republic regulars saw it coming when we didn’t get a status of forces agreement and leave enough military in Iraq to stabilize the government. The CIA and Free Republic regulars saw it coming when we armed ISIL in Syria and didn’t bother protecting our own people. Pretty much everyone with common sense saw it coming when Obama boasted about “ending the war in Iraq” and clearly showed no interest in winning the war in Iraq. Obama has never seen anything coming until it was reported on the evening news.
There were two correct answers: we could have toppled the Iraqi government and told its successor to keep terrorists out of their country or they would lose power, or we could topple the Iraqi government and stay until long after they had a stable government as we did in Germany and Japan. Staying for years but announcing that we would leave before the country was stable convinced the terrorists to stay in the field until we left. Leaving prematurely then handed the country to those terrorists, and now things will get ugly for the West. Mission Accomplished for Obama.
So what is out there right now that they don’t see coming?
For that matter, Al Jazeera has been reporting on the dangers to Iraq since large numbers of foreigners started flocking to Syria and the bombings started spiking in Iraq. I thought it was one of Obama’s favorite news sources.