IG Looking Into Allegations that Obama Admin Pressured Intel Analysts to Downplay ISIS
From the first moments President Obama took office, he has downplayed threats from radical Islamists. He was elected based on his promise to bring the troops home. He was reelected after claiming that al -Qaeda was "decimated." Al-Qaeda was nothing of the sort. And while the United States withdrew from the Middle East, an even darker and more heinous threat filled the void.
It's been known for over a year that the administration is downplaying the threat posed by ISIS.
Even as Pentagon spokesmen were painting a rosy picture of the coalition's progress, the terrorists were gaining huge swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, leaving a horrifying path of destruction in their wake.
Now, an IG investigation is looking into whether the ISIS analysis was purposefully distorted.
According to the New York Times, "the Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that military officials have skewed intelligence assessments about the United States-led campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State to provide a more optimistic account of progress…."
The investigation began after at least one civilian Defense Intelligence Agency analyst told the authorities that he had evidence that officials at United States Central Command — the military headquarters overseeing the American bombing campaign and other efforts against the Islamic State — were improperly reworking the conclusions of intelligence assessments prepared for policy makers, including President Obama, the government officials said.
Apparently -- if you believe the New York Times' spin -- poor Obama didn't know any of this was going on. He read about it first in the newspaper and he's as outraged as anybody.
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) was on Fox News Wednesday to discuss this latest Obama scandal.
"The news media is getting this dead wrong," Peters began in measured tones. "It is not intelligence professionals spinning stuff to persuade anybody. The pressure is from the administration and the White House. We have never before - NEVER! - had an administration that viewed the intelligence community as primarily a tool of domestic politics. You've seen them lie about Benghazi. Last year they fired LTG. Mike Flynn, the head of DIA, because he wouldn't cook the books. They've lied about Iran, they've lied about Islamic State."