Politics

Did Obama place politics above security?

I don’t know anymore about this than you do? You can draw your own conclusions but I find it very disturbing and not beyond reasonableness, especially given the state of things and the actions by this Administration. 

From CNN.com

Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama’s former top military intelligence official said Tuesday that the White House ignored reports prefacing the rise of ISIS in 2011 and 2012 because they did not fit its re-election “narrative.”

“I think that they did not meet a narrative the White House needed. And I’ll be very candid with you, they just didn’t,” retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”

Flynn, who has been critical of both Obama’s and former President George W. Bush’s handling of the Iraq War and involvement in the Middle East, said that Obama was served poorly by a small circle of advisers who were worried about his re-election prospects at the time.

The story they needed to tell, he said, was that pulling troops from Iraq would not leave the region vulnerable to the rise of a radical Islamic group like ISIS.

“I think the narrative was that al Qaeda was on the run, and (Osama) bin Laden was dead. … They’re dead and these guys are, we’ve beaten them,” Flynn said — but the problem was that no matter how many terrorist leaders they killed, they “continue to just multiply.”

Obama has been criticized by opponents for referring to ISIS as the “JV squad” and apparently underestimating the group’s threat. The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating complaints that top intelligence officials manipulated reports to make the threat of ISIS look minimal.

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  1. I will address two points of your article. First I might agree that a positive spin on a more minimal threat of Isis may have been presented but the point I make was this Obama’s doing as you are suggesting, or is the last sentence of the CNN quote more accurate, “The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating complaints that top intelligence officials manipulated reports to make the threat of ISIS look minimal.” If that is the case then the President is not to blame but rather the military.
    The second point is that the true cause of the problem is the fact that we topple dictators under a false guise as Bush and Cheney did and then we don’t have an exit plan that is effective. As another writer indicates we often just carry a big stick but have no sense of the consequences and yes the American people are tired of war and so we want to elect people who have peace as a primary objective not world domination. We must learn that unless dictators step beyond their borders we should stay out. If they try to trample other sovereignties then we can, as part of a world community, be policemen but only then.

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    • You can make your case, but two things; Obama is the leader and just as any CEO (or college president as a current example) who takes the blame for virtually anything that happens on their watch so should the President who clearly sets the tone that creates the actions of people under him i.e. he doesn’t like bad news, so don’t give him any or make sure he wins the election so no actions that make things look bad.

      People are quick to blame Bush and Cheney because they called the shots (no pun intended), why not Obama six years after he got the job he wanted? He was so intent on ending a war while ignoring the consequences, it appears he created or enabled an even bigger problem. One side cannot simply end a war without giving the advantage to the enemy.

      The other point is regarding dictators who stay within their borders. As Obama says, that’s not who we are. Do Americans truly want to turn their backs on atrocities, genocide and other forms of oppression? Granted we seem to intervene selectively, but how much do we ignore? We tried that initially in WWII and look what happened.

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  2. The facts are that Republican economics caused a deep recession and Republican’s foreign policies invaded two Middle Eastern countries creating two unwinnable wars – Republican foreign policy created chaos in the Middle East – Your criticism is that the economic recovery has been too slow – you blame our president for the eruption of ISIL when in fact our it was Bush and Cheney (his brain) that agreed to leave Iraq after the war ended – review the slate of Teapublikkkan hopefuls and tell me which one of these clowns you will support to be our next commander in chief?

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  3. I am not defending Obama but America for over a century has constantly lacked the ability to develop a good exit strategy from any war. The public becomes weary of war and the politicians promise withdrawing troops before a stable government or support is in place leaving a vacuum for groups like ISIS. One of War World II causes the conditions placed on Germany. Every time we pull out of the Middle East the vacuum of instability causes more deaths and more problems. America should not be the world’s policemen but after 239 years we should know better. America is not alone in the lack of understanding. Many empires have fallen over the centuries because the politicians fail to understand the problems of the people. So not only do I believe the statement above is true, I think anybody can make that claim if they wanted too. The question is what is the proven positive solution that we and the world wants? I did not see that offered.

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    • Out of 239 years the United States has been in conflict some place in the world 214 years. That means we have been at peace only 25 short years. That may not even be correct because we do not know what the CIA, DIA, NSA, DoD or any other agency may or may not be doing without any oversight at all.

      We must remember what USMC Major General Smedley Butler said in 1935 “War IS A Racket – I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

      And we wonder why so many countries and people hate us. But, war is good for big business, so the fight goes on.
      What have we accomplished since 9/11, NOTHING!

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