According to a new report from a House Republican task force, U.S. Central Command officials were guilty of manipulating ISIS intelligence reports to make it look like the situation was better than it really was.
“They wanted to tell a story that ISIS was the JV, that we had Al Qaeda on the run,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo. “This is incredibly dangerous. We haven’t seen this kind of manipulation of intelligence in an awfully long time.”
The task force was convened to investigate the claims of a Defense Department whistleblower, who said that officials at the top of the intelligence community were deliberately whitewashing ISIS reports before sending them up the ladder to the president.
“These products also consistently described U.S. actions in a more positive light than other assessments and were typically more optimistic than actual events warranted,” the committee wrote.
According to a survey reviewed by the task force, 40% of insider analysts “had experienced an attempt to distort or suppress intelligence.”
Pompeo said, “The facts on the ground didn’t match what the intelligence was saying out of the United States Central Command.”
President Obama has been largely silent on these findings. What response the White House has given has been to deny having put any pressure on the intelligence community, which is of course ridiculous. They claim that if there were distortions in the reports, the blame can probably be cast onto the military.
Remember when “the buck stops here” was a thing? Not with this administration.
This report reveals that not only does President Obama not have any coherent clue as to how to defeat ISIS, he doesn’t even know he doesn’t know. Or at least, he didn’t for some time. This man is a danger to the world, and that’s not an exaggeration. Wherever his head has been for the last four years, it hasn’t been with the job he was elected to do.