Former US Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey told Greta Van Susteren that Obama was warned about ISIS months ago but did nothing.
Ambassador Jeffrey made the comments after Barack Obama blamed the intelligence community for being caught off guard by the rise of ISIS.
National Review reported:
James Jeffrey, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010 to 2012, pushed back against President Obama’s claim that the intelligence community was caught off guard by the rise of the Islamic State, claiming the White House knew all about the jihadist group’s destructive potential.
In a PBS Frontline documentary to air this week, the ambassador explained that the administration “not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced it was going to intensify its support against ISIS with the Iraqi armed forces. And it did almost nothing.”
Those armed forces crumbled six months later around the Iraqi city of Mosul, fleeing by the tens of thousands as Islamic State fighters captured the city and abandoned U.S. military equipment. It took two more months after that for the United States to finally intervene, bombing the jihadists as they cornered ethnic minorities and advanced within miles of the Kurdish capital of Erbil.