In this political season, heated rhetoric is to be expected. President Obama has been rightly criticized for such crises as the doubling of the national debt and explosion of ISIS, which he called “the JV team.” He has also been blamed for everything from the whooping cough to the U.S. women’s soccer loss to Sweden in the Olympics. That is the nature of politics, especially with a pending election.
But last week, we learned something that makes the congressional debate over the Clinton email scandal look like a kindergarten water balloon fight. An intelligence report was released that no one is challenging. And it contains information of something the Obama Administration did that should scare every American, regardless of political stripes.
CBS, hardly the voice of the conservative movement, broke the story. According to a hard-hitting government task force report released last Thursday, intelligence generated by the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) was manipulated to paint a rosier picture of U.S. progress in its fight with ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The report finds that, beginning in mid-2014, final intelligence reports issued by CENTCOM contradicted the initial internal assessments made by its own analysts, as reported by CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod.
Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., a member of the task force, said, “The facts on the ground didn’t match what the intelligence was saying out of the United States Central Command.”
The report went on to indicate that as many as 50 government employees may have been in on cooking the books. It has long been the assessment of Congressional oversight committees that the rhetoric coming from Mr. Obama himself was a fairy tale, when compared to what military observers have been saying.
If the CBS story is somehow found to be false (unlikely since every other major news outlet has agreed with their findings, based on their own internal investigations), I’ll be the first to retract. While these findings come as no surprise to many retired generals and leading foreign policy advisers of past administrations, it just doesn’t sound like the America we think we are.
It seems clear that the Obama Administration has been deceiving the American people through the entire battle with ISIS. They have lied about the progress we have made and exaggerated anticipated victories, all to serve one purpose – inflate the image of the President and his Administration.
It’s one thing to have differing policies. It’s quite another to put out, day after day, misinformation to intentionally mislead the American people for whom the Administration works – all for political gain.
If we can’t trust our government to tell us the truth on issues of national defense, when can we trust them? What the Obama Administration has just done should scare every American.