The New York Times has a big story out about the rise of ISIS. You can read the whole thing here. But the most damning thing is that the Defense Intelligence Agency, as far back as 2012, was warning of the growing threat. But this was campaign season for Barack Obama, who was running on a strategy of defeating Al Qaeda, etc., and he could not be bothered to examine facts that contracted his narrative.
And there were, in fact, more than hints of the group’s plans and potential. A 2012 report by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency was direct: The growing chaos in Syria’s civil war was giving Islamic militants there and in Iraq the space to spread and flourish. The group, it said, could “declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria.”
“This particular report, this was one of those nobody wanted to see,” said Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who ran the defense agency at the time.
“It was disregarded by the White House,” he said. “It was disregarded by other elements in the intelligence community as a one-off report. Frankly, at the White House, it didn’t meet the narrative.”
For all the hell the left/media gives Republicans for refusing to look at new facts and change their minds, this is exactly what happened with Barack Obama and ISIS. He couldn’t believe he was wrong. He couldn’t believe his academic theories were not right. So he chose to ignore the threat and now people are dying because of it.