President Barack Obama “dropped the ball” on the Islamic State (ISIS) and now he’s “trying to blame everyone but himself,” New York Republican Rep. Peter King charged Monday, saying the intelligence community and lawmakers have known for months how dangerous the extremists are.
“A real leader, a true leader, does not blame other people,” King told told NBC’s Luke Russert on Monday’s “The Daily Rundown,” of Obama’s statements Sunday that the ISIS threat had been underestimated.
“We’ve known for over a year how dangerous ISIS was,” King, a member of the House Intelligence and Homeland Security committees said. “In fact, (Lt. Gen. Michael) Flynn from the Defense (Intelligence) Agency testified we should expect an offensive by ISIS.”
Flynn’s testimony was made in February, before the Senate Armed Services Committee, reports Business Insider. It came four months before ISIS’ made its major offensive in northern Iraq, taking massive gains.
In his remarks, Flynn said ISIS would “probably will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014.” The terrorist organization would likely be helped “by itsability to concurrently maintain multiple safe havens in Syria.”
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