Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Obama's Blame Game on Middle East Intelligence

With the 2012 presidential election season fast approaching, President Obama is playing the blame game on intelligence "failures" regarding the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

Obama said he was "disappointed with the intelligence community" in not predicting events in Tunisia, but does Obama really understand intelligence and what it can and can't do?

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden, with his usual tactfulness, doesn't come out and call Obama an ignoramus, but does contradict his assessment:

Suggestions of intelligence failure miss the mark and betray a lack of understanding of what intelligence can and cannot do.
Has Obama read Hayden's commentary? He needs it more than anyone.

Didn't Obama hire Leon Panetta to run the CIA, a guy with no intelligence experience? Didn't Obama just change horses in midstream by hiring a new Director of National Intelligence? Isn't Obama the guy who hired Janet Napolitano as DHS chief, though she has no national security background?

These facts betray a lack of seriousness on Obama's part with respect to intelligence, and now he wants to play the blame game, and it's a game he himself doesn't even comprehend!

House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers praised the intelligence community on its "impressive" work on the uprising in Egypt.

Democrat Dianne Feinstein of the Senate Intelligence Committee also directly contradicted Obama by saying "there was a good deal of intelligence about Tunisia," although she wants to argue about what was known about Egypt.

Everything indicates Obama is well behind the curve on intelligence, doesn't understand the issues, and is making public statements with an eye toward the next election.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe Obama relied strictly on Google's intelligence. Isn't their sales manager in Egypt, after initiating the uprising using FACEBOOK, now potentially running for some official position out there?

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