Dithering can be a choice. And as Barack Obama dithers, ISIS captures three more oilfields and is 6 miles from Baghdad.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration had specific intelligence about the terror group ISIS’ activities and movements in Iraq and failed to act on it, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Wednesday.
ISIS’ take over of much of the country “is a result of indecision, which is a policy failure,” Rogers said at a breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “This is not an intelligence failure, it is a policy failure.”
“We watched them pool up, we watched the debate between Al-Nusra and ISIL, we watched the concern between Al-Qaeda leadership, Zawahiri, about trying to get them back in the fold, we watched training camps get built and developed, we watched them get weapons, we watched them get finances, we watched western passport holders show up at these camps, we watched them all,” Rogers said.
“We heard their stated intentions,” Rogers said. “The reason they’re called the Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant is because they want the Levant.”
Rogers, who is leaving Congress after this term to become a talk radio host, said the blame for not acting on the intelligence lay with the administration, not with the intelligence community.
“Those are all policy failures in my mind that has led to this,” Rogers said. “You can’t blame the intelligence community, you can’t blame Congress.This is a foreign policy failure of a magnitude that will risk the security of the United States of America.”
*For those unclear on what “the Levant” refers to, the area which ISIS, or ISIL state they want per their name, the Levant today consists of the island of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and part of southern Turkey.