I guess on this one he can’t blame George Bush so he blames someone else:
President Obama largely blamed the United States’ intelligence community in an interview broadcast Sunday for giving an incorrect assessment of the capabilities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said on CBS’s “”60 Minutes.” . . .
Obama’s remarks served as an acknowledgement that the United States in recent years has been largely unaware of the power behind ISIS, which has been characterized as a terrorist group with some qualities of state-backed military forces. . . .
Obama also admitted that the United States overestimated the willingness of allies such as Iraq to join in the fight against ISIS.
Golf and shooting hoops is not the kind of work that will get you plugged into the needs of the moment. It also doesn’t help that he surrounds himself with people who will not criticise what he does. Here’s an article with video that sets things pretty straight about the kinds of associates he has, OBAMA: “Wherever I See Folks, They Always Say… You’re So Great” .
Obama must only be getting his feedback on the golf course as the rest of the country doesn’t think he’s so great these days. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week had Obama at a dismal 35% approval rating.
Even the black community’s support is starting to erode. A Zogby poll from earlier this month had Obama’s support among African-Americans declining form 91% to 78%.
I think there may have been a palace coup of sorts by various Democrats since he is no longer in charge the way he once was. From the man who was going to shut down Guantanamo and pulled the troops out of Iraq things have been changing in some very definite ways in the opposite direction.