The Obama Administration Demanded Defense Analysts Downplay ISIS

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The other day, I noted that the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said the Obama Administration ignored warnings about ISIS’s growing strength because they “didn’t fit the narrative” at the White House.

That narrative was that the Obama Administration had been successful against Al Qaeda and Islam radicalism in ways the Bush Administration had not been. The facts ran counter to the narrative, however. The Obama Administration continued to ignore reports of a growing threat.

Well, new reports are now out that the Obama Administration not only kept ignoring the threats, they also insisted that defense analysts not report the threats at all.

Analysts at U.S. Central Command were pressured to ease off negative assessments about the Islamic State threat and were even told in an email to “cut it out,” Fox News has learned – as an investigation expands into whether intelligence reports were altered to present a more positive picture.

Fox News is told by a source close to the CENTCOM analysts that the pressure on them included at least two emails saying they needed to “cut it out” and “toe the line.”

Separately, a former Pentagon official told Fox News there apparently was an attempt to destroy the communications. The Pentagon official said the email warnings were “not well received” by the analysts.

The Obama Administration tried to change reports to deny facts and then tried to delete the paper trail. The narrative remained far more important than facts on the ground.

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