1:42 PM, Sep 29, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
There is likely much gnashing of teeth in the intelligence community today in the wake of Obama’s interview with 60 Minutes last night. He laid the blame for the rise of the Islamic State at the feet of the intelligence community. “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” said the commander in chief on national television.
Not true, reports Eli Lake in the Daily Beast. “One former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq was flabbergasted,” writes Lake, then quoting his source: “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting.’”
It’s not a good sign that the president and the intelligence community are at odds over intelligence on the Islamic State. However, there’s an even more serious concern in the offing over the Iranian nuclear program. If, as Obama claims, the intelligence community was wrong about the Islamic State, how can it be trusted to get Iran right? Or, alternately, how can the president be trusted not to blame his own failures on others?
The White House has repeatedly claimed, “We have the capacity to monitor the Iranian nuclear program… We would know if they were to make a so-called breakout move towards developing such a weapon.”
But Obama’s interview last night instead suggests one of two things. Either the intelligence community is incapable or getting timely and trustworthy intelligence to American policymakers and has left the commander-and-chief in the dark. Or Obama is ignoring the warnings of the IC, including intelligence that may forecast an Iranian breakout. In any case, this dysfunctional relationship between the president and his own intelligence community may come to have even more dire consequences for U.S. interests.
The threat remains—and spreads.Oct 6, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 04 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
On Tuesday, September 23, the U.S. government announced that a new bombing campaign was under way in Syria. The Obama administration had been building the case for airstrikes for weeks. The president and his surrogates repeatedly highlighted the threat posed by the Islamic State (often called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL), which has captured large swaths of territory across Iraq and Syria.
1:10 PM, Sep 25, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
In the wake of President Obama’s speech yesterday at the U.N. General Assembly, there were reports of another chemical weapons attack near Damascus launched by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. If true, Assad is just drawing the logical conclusion from the president’s speech and the administration’s actions over the last several weeks. The policy of the Obama White House is to target Sunni extremism.
8:01 AM, Sep 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
America is “at a dangerous moment for our country and our friends,” said Scott Brown, the Republican candidate for Senate in New Hampshire, on Wednesday afternoon. In a speech at St. Anselm College near Manchester, Brown described the chaos that’s broken out across the world over the last year or so. Unrest in Ukraine with an aggressive and assertive Russia. Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons threatening America’s ally of Israel.
10:14 AM, Sep 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Here's the text, as prepared for delivery, of President Obama's address to the United Nations General Assembly:
Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: we come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope.
5:35 PM, Sep 23, 2014 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
“Last night’s strikes were only the beginning,” Defense Department spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told the Pentagon press corps. More strikes can be “expected.”
4:55 PM, Sep 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The attacks on ISIS targets in Syria will do damage. And the enemy may look for ways to retaliate. Troubling news, in that regard comes from Justin Sink who writes in The Hill:
12:05 PM, Sep 23, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
The U.S. launched airstrikes in Syria for the first time overnight. Much of the public discourse in the weeks leading up to the bombings focused on the Islamic State, a former branch of al Qaeda that has captured a significant amount territory across both Iraq and Syria. But the bombings are not just intended to weaken the Islamic State. U.S. bombers are also targeting positions controlled by Jabhat al Nusrah, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria.
11:00 AM, Sep 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaker of the House John Boehner supports President Obama's actions against ISIS.
"ISIL is a direct threat to the safety and security of the United States and our allies. I support the airstrikes launched by the president, understanding that this is just one step in what must be a larger effort to destroy and defeat this terrorist organization. I wish our men and women in uniform Godspeed as they carry out this fight," reads a statement from the speaker's office.
7:31 AM, Sep 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The U.S. Navy released this video of airstrikes being launched against ISIS in Syria:
"The U.S. Navy released video early Tuesday of missile launches from sea toward Islamic State militant group targets in Syria," reads the Associated Press's description.
7:42 AM, Sep 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Although President Obama has been unequivocal that US forces will not return to Iraq for "boots on the ground" combat, some in his administration (Gen.
7:54 PM, Sep 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama announced this evening that France will join in bombing ISIS (also known as ISIL) in Iraq.
11:07 AM, Sep 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A New York man was indicted last night for helping ISIS, the terrorist army President Obama has pledged to "degrade" and "destroy."