Obama Skipped More Than HALF Of His Daily Intel Briefings—As Spies Hit Back After He Blamed Them For Underestimating ISIS
A report availed Obama was absent for three-out-of-seven intelligence briefings during his presidency. Popularly known for going after congressional member for their insider-trading deals, the Government Accountability Institute assessed Obama’s absentees via the official White House calendar. Their numbers availed Obama’s attendance was less than 50 percent!
[Obama in attendance at an intel. briefing, which was less than habitual. He's shown here with his then-staff officials: National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Chief of Staff Jack Lew and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough | Circa November 2012 | Photo: REX]
According to a 2012 ABC News piece, Obama preferred his daily, intelligence briefings via his iPad. This was confirmed in correspondence from an Obama Administration National Security aid.
“It’s pretty well-known that the president hasn’t taken in-person intelligence briefings with any regularity since the early days of 2009,” the aide said. “He gets them in writing.”
As far back as early Obama Administration, presidential briefings were a struggle for military, the CIA and the National Security Agency. In a 60 Minutes interview, Obama actually assigned the ISIS-rise-foresight failure on former-National Intelligence Director James Clapper. The intelligence community was both instantly shocked and angered at Obama’s explanation on the show.
A former, Pentagon official informed the Daily Beast, “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting, or he’s bulls...ting.”
The aforementioned National Security aid added, “Unless someone very senior [was] shredding the president’s daily briefings and [told] him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL (also called ISIS) have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election. ... We were seeing specific, threat assessments from the intelligence community, and many of them panned out exactly as we were told they would.”
Had Obama been present at his PDBs (Presidential Daily Briefs) during the five days preceding the ISIS attack on one-third of Iraq and Syria (millions of people killed), perhaps that would have prevented it—as well as the attack on the US, diplomatic post in Cairo, the murder of the US, Libyan ambassador and three, American staff members.