In a Fox News interview Sunday, President-elect Trump indicated he doesn’t need to have daily briefings. This whipped the media into a frenzy. Obama ignored ISIS intelligence briefings during his presidency. Where was the media outrage then?
“You know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years. Could be eight years — but eight years. I don’t need that,” Trump said. “But I do say, ‘If something should change, let us know.’”
As you could imagine, this angered the media and his liberal opponents. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) labeled Trump’s stance as “very concerning.” Andy Greenberg called it “the most troubling revelation of all.”
So we get it. President-elect Trump not wanting to have daily briefings is very troubling. Where was the outrage when President Obama was skipping these same briefings.
The Government Accountability Institute released a report that President Obama attended just over 40% of his daily briefings.
In September 2014, the Government Accountability Institute updated an analysis of how much time President Barack Obama has spent attending his Presidential Daily Briefs (PDBs), as recorded on the White House official calendar and Politico’s comprehensive calendar. The updated study covered the president’s first 2,079 days in office, running from January 20, 2009 through September 29, 2014. Of those, President Obama attended a total of 875 Presidential Daily Briefs for an overall 42.09% attendance rate.
On top of that, a Daily Mail report confirmed that the president knew about ISIS since before 2012. On top of that, he ignored his intelligence reports that would have fulfilled his campaign promise to remove boots from the ground in Iraq. The withdrawal of troops from Iraq happened in December 2011. ISIS subsequently rose to power and has since became a major threat.
Obama Ignored ISIS
The president, he said, was hearing information about ISIS ‘long before that. It goes back to the autumn of 2012.’
Al-Qaeda in Iraq, he said, had already begun to metamorphose into ISIS before Obama ran for president the first time. In 2006 the group’s Mujahideen Shura Council declared an Islamic ‘state’ in western and central Iraq, a development U.S. military intelligence was aware of since they were stationed ‘in country.’
By the late autumn of that year the nascent self-proclaimed Sunni country was organized and holding open-air military parades.
President Obama ordered America’s military to pack up and return home at the end of 2011. By that time, the would-be nation ISIS’s goals had exploded to encompass controlling land in Syria. And its tactical toolbox had grown to include the kind of genocidal preferences that ISIS has showed in 2013 and 2014.
President-elect Trump could learn a lot from taking a look at President Obama’s mistakes.
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