I certainly agree that there was a deficiency of intelligence here. The Obama Administration adopted a position of willful ignorance regarding the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat. It is no wonder that they didn’t see the Islamic State coming.
“Obama: Bad Intelligence Behind ISIS Underestimation,” Breitbart TV, August 9, 2014 (thanks to Paul):
Saturday from the White House South Lawn, President Barack Obama blamed “intelligence estimates” for not anticipating the speed in which ISIS would capture large sections of Iraq.
The president,who has been under harsh media criticism for likening ISIS to an Al-Qaeda JV basketball team in January said, “There is no doubt that their advance their movement over the last several of months has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates and I think the the expectation of policy makers both in and outside of Iraq.”
The president also made clear no troops would go into Iraq during this operation of humanitarian aid and military airstrikes on ISIS.