Intel agencies aren’t being thrown ‘under the bus’

October 1, 2014 8:49 PM

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Intel agencies aren’t being thrown ‘under the bus’

On “60 Minutes” the other day, Steve Kroft asked President Obama whether it was “a complete surprise” that Islamic State militants were able to take control of “so much territory” in Iraq and Syria. The president replied, “[O]ur head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”

What Obama said was, of course, true – Clapper really did recently acknowledge that intelligence agencies underestimated what had been taking place in Syria, as well as Iraqi security forces’ capacity to engage ISIS fighters. But Republicans and much of the media was nevertheless annoyed with the pr...

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