September 15, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Since its founding during the “surge” in 2007, the DC based think tank Institute for the Study of War [ISW] has provided invaluable information regarding the shifting conflicts in Iraq, Syria and other ME hotspots.
Of special concern to ISW is the rapid spread of ISIS from its meager beginnings, picking up the shards of what remained of al-Qaeda in Iraq which now, due to the lack of action by President Obama, has metastasized into a full-blown Islamic caliphate which has cast a very long shadow across the Middle East.
According to the Intel Center, ISIS’ affiliate organizations - those which have sworn allegiance to it – have established a presence in nearly a dozen countries - Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, India, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Tunisia.
This is a remarkable accomplishment for a group which has only been in existence a little over a year, one due in large part to a lack of action by an administration which in the face of contradictory evidence, continues to claim that ISIS is being defeated.
These ISW prepared maps depict the growth of ISIS strongholds over the last 10 months, from December 2014 to August 2015.
Despite the mass of data which suggests that ISIS’ influence continues to expand at an alarming rate, The DOD continues to report the imminent demise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s blood-soaked band of butchers.
So badly has intelligence regarding the conflict been manipulated that defense analysts are in revolt, charging high ranking administration officials with outright falsification of its situation reports in order to provide the CIC with “happy talk” public statements regarding the worsening conflict.
“It’s being called a ‘revolt’ by intelligence pros who are…seeing their reports turned into happy talk. More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military’s Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned…Two senior analysts at CENTCOM signed a written complaint sent to the Defense Department inspector general in July alleging that the reports, some of which were briefed to President Obama, portrayed the terror groups as weaker than the analysts believe they are. The reports were changed by CENTCOM higher-ups to adhere to the administration’s public line that the U.S. is winning the battle against ISIS and al Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the analysts claim.” [source, 50 Spies Say ISIS Intelligence Was Cooked , Daily Beast]
Putting on a brave face during wartime is hardly new, but the lies coming out of the Oval Office are on the level with the claims made by Baghdad Bob during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
For example , nearly a year ago, when ISIS was in its infancy the President’s spokesman Josh Earnest after efforts to bob and weave were proving unsuccessful stated, “And yes, we are succeeding in this effort.”
Surrounded by his Praetorian Guard, Obama has been able to escape the consequences of his Middle East strategy. Thus, from his opening apologia, the “Cairo speech,” through the disastrous “Arab Spring” and now with ISIS actively engaged in infiltrating Europe and most likely the United States, Team O has been given a pass.
This state of affairs of course can’t persist forever and once the true dimensions of Barack Obama and his military’s malfeasance in dealing with the existential threat posed by ISIS becomes more widely known even this media will gladly turn its back on its anointed prophet in order to save what’s left of its reputation.
©2015 PipeLineNews.org LLC. A ll rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.