The former director of Defense Intelligence Agency says that President Obama has no excuse–no basis to claim that the rise of ISIS caught him by surprise.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Flynn, who led the DIA from 2012 to 2014, told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly on Monday night that the intelligence the president was receiving was “very accurate.” He noted that the commander-in-chief get his intelligence from multiple agencies, both inside and outside of the military.
As to the allegations that Central Command may have manipulated intelligence the president was receiving, Flynn believes the investigation should go from the top down. He told Kelly:
[M]any of [those serving at Central Command] have been deployed for many years in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere…so I think that the focus of really this investigation, they’ll find whoever they’re going to find and some of the tactical issues at central command, but the focus of this investigation ought to start at the top.
Where intelligence starts and stops is at the White House. The president sets the priorities and he’s the number one customer. So if he’s not getting the intelligence he needs and if he’s not paying attention to what else is going on, then something else is wrong there between them and the advisers he has.
The retired general perceived a definite narrative regarding Islam emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. “I think this issue of not meeting a narrative out of the White House, which meant don’t talk about radical Islam; don’t talk about about this being a form of radicalism of the Islamic religion,” said Flynn. “It is a cancer inside of the Islamic religion. The White House and frankly the president have not wanted to say that.”
Ed Morrissey, writing for Hot Air, pointed out that Flynn, while serving as DIA director, warned Congress about the rise of ISIS in late 2013, which prompted Obama to characterize them as the “jayvee team” in January, 2014. The retired general, in fact, advised the White House about the possible rise of ISIS in a 2012 memo, shortly after he took over at DIA.
According to Morrissey:
What makes this interesting is that Flynn was Obama’s adviser in the 2012-2014 period and got a front-row seat as to how intelligence got handled. He’s been an outspoken critic ever since, and this probe of CENTCOM intelligence (his prior post to Flynn’s DIA command) has made him even more critical of his former boss.That should tell people something about the White House claims of shock, shock of gambling in the casino. Barack Obama gets the Captain Louis Renault award, Special Jayvee Team Edition.