Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cal Thomas: Obama Spreads the Blame around for ISIS Rise

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Cal Thomas: Obama Spreads the Blame around for ISIS Rise

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"No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday." -- Alexander Pope.

President Obama is known for wanting to "spread the wealth around," but he has now gone a step further. He is spreading blame around for his failure to notice the rapid rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

On "60 Minutes" recently, the president, who tends to use the personal pronoun when taking credit for perceived successes, blamed his Defense Intelligence Agency chief, James Clapper, for bad intelligence about ISIS.

In 2008, when he ran for president, Obama blamed President George W. Bush for believing bad intelligence about Iraq's Saddam Hussein and his supposed possession of weapons of mass destruction.

Members of the intelligence community quickly responded to Obama's assertion that they got it wrong. The UK Daily Mail online quotes an unnamed national security staff member as saying the president has received "highly accurate predictions" about the rise of ISIS since before the 2012 election. Perhaps if the president spent more time reading his Presidential Daily Briefs and less time on the golf course or at political fundraisers he might have known. Or maybe he did know, but didn't care. He seems more interested in the so-called "war on women" than he does the very real terrorist war against the West.

Evidence of the rise of ISIS was visible in the terrorist group's conquering of Fallujah at the beginning of this year. Many in the intelligence community predicted ISIS would attempt to seize more Iraqi territory, which it has.

Harry S. Truman had a sign on his desk that said, "The Buck Stops Here." With President Obama, the "buck" never gets to him, unless he can claim credit for something. Then he willingly and very publicly accepts responsibility and editorial kudos from friendly media. …

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