As the presidency of Barack Obama nears its end, liberals and the mainstream media are looking back over the last eight years to reflect on the legacy of America’s first African-American president, his legacy and the state of the world.
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria hosted a special program called “The Legacy of Barack Obama.” Zakaria interviewed Obama for the show. He specifically asked if Obama was surprised or caught off guard by the rise and strength of “ISIL.”
“The ability of ISIL to not just mass inside of Syria, but then to initiate major land offensives that took Mosul, for example, that was not on my intelligence radar screen,” Obama said.
Fox News “Outnumbered” co-host Meghan McCain called that claim “shameless” especially since “ISIS had been on his daily briefings at least one year before the terror group seized territory in the Middle East.”
“I don’t know if it’s spin to save his legacy or if it’s actual delusion,” said McCain. “I don’t understand how he could possibly think [the rise of ISIS] wasn’t going to happen.”
McCain spoke hopefully about expected foreign policy changes after Trump’s inauguration next month.
Here’s what McCain said:
We’re finally going to have a leader who’s at least going to recognize the fact that these people are extremists, and they are either going to come here and kill us or we’re going to kill them.
The truth is that Obama was warned repeatedly of the rise of ISIS starting with warnings from former President George W. Bush about the dangers of removing all US forces from Iraq. The vacuum created by that lack of force directly led to the rise of ISIS. Obama did receive regular briefings on the rise of ISIS all along.
Obama either ignored his advisors or did not bother to listen to them. The Washington Free Beacon reported in 2014 (the same year that ISIS experienced a dramatic surge) that Obama had skipped 62.5 percent of his intelligence briefings so far that year. Perhaps he would not have been so surprised if he had listened to his briefings and heeded their warnings.
h/t: Fox News