U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated Islamic State activity inside Syria, which has become "ground zero" for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama said in a CBS television interview broadcast on Sunday.
Conversely, the United States overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to fight the militant groups, Obama said in a "60 Minutes" interview taped on Friday, days after the U.S. president made his case at the United Nations for action.
Interesting. But as Eli Lake at the Daily Beast writes, there were people saying that it would be imprudent to pull out of Iraq entirely; that the bad guys would return and our guys were insufficiently trained and motivated.
Were they right? And if so, should we not, perhaps, fire all the people who are still around and got it wrong and bring in those who had it right and are on the outside?
Or is a soft answer to a softball Steve Kroft question sufficient?