U.S. Ignored ISIS Threat to Hype Endless War On Terror
June 17, 2014
The corporate media, taking its cues in part from Foreign Policy, a magazine formerly owned by the misnamed Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, insists the gains of ISIS in Iraq took the establishment by surprise.
“We got caught flat-footed. Period,” Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, described as a terrorism analyst and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who supposedly studies ISIS and other al Qaeda-linked groups, told the magazine last week. Gartenstein-Ross claims U.S. intelligence had no idea “ISIS was about to mount a major offensive to take over two more cities simultaneously.”
“The intelligence agencies’ inability to predict the latest crisis in Iraq is likely to fuel critics of the Obama administration’s management of other global crises, including in Syria and Ukraine,” Shane Harris writes for FP.
Even former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insists she had no idea of the ISIS threat. Appearing at a Council on Foreign Relations shindig, Clinton said she was unaware of “the extent to which ISIS could be effective in seizing cities in Iraq and trying to erase boundaries to create an Islamic state.”