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In Light of Insensitive Comments by Obama and Kerry, Earnest Suggests …
In a 18 November 2015 Fox News article, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that critics (and there are many) of the Obama administration focus on Obama’s actions rather than his words:
“I would encourage you to spend just as much time focusing on the president’s actions as you do his words,” Earnest said on “Fox & Friends.”
Things Obama has done
Took Credit for Success in Iraq
A 11 February 2010 Washington Times article pointed out how Obama took credit for the success of the Iraq war. Specifically, the Washington Times starts:
In the midst of weak polls numbers, the Obama administration is grabbing on to anything that will boost the image of a flailing presidency. Everyone from President Obama to Vice President Joe Biden to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs are more than willing to say the successes in Iraq are due to Obama administration policies without crediting the President Bush’s foundational groundwork, like the surge (which Obama and Biden opposed) and setting up the military drawdown in Iraq with Prime Minister Maliki before he left the White House. The Fox News Channel details further the Obama administration’s attempt to call any success in Iraq their own, while trashing the Bush administration in the process.
It remains amusing that the White House will continue to repeat they “inherited” the Bush economy, when Obama’s economic policies continue to fail, while embracing any victory in Iraq that rightfully belongs to the prior administration’s work with the U.S. Military and Iraqi government.
Obama Called ISIS the “Jayvee” team
In the 27 January 2014 issue of the New Yorker, the following interaction between Obama and David Remnick (emphasis mine):
At the core of Obama’s thinking is that American military involvement cannot be the primary instrument to achieve the new equilibrium that the region so desperately needs. And yet thoughts of a pacific equilibrium are far from anyone’s mind in the real, existing Middle East. In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.” I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda is now flying in Falluja, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.
“Let’s just keep in mind, Falluja is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”
Of course, Obama and Obama apologists have tried to spin that interview to say that Obama was not talking about ISIS. Too bad that this was published in print and the protests of Remnick having taken the quote out of context did not occur until after ISIS became a major problem.
Obama or Obama administration operatives had Reports on ISIS modified to fit Obama Narrative
On 10 September 2015, CBS News reported on the 50 intelligence analysts who complained to the Pentagon Inspector General:
More than 50 intelligence analysts at the U.S. Central Command have alerted the Pentagon watchdog that they believe their work is being altered to portray the war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as more successful than it actually is, according to the Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast story notes for the first time just how many analysts have complained to the Pentagon inspector general about their concerns. Two senior analysts filed a report with the inspector general in July, after months of internal complaints were ignored. Some who complained were pressed to retire, while others left. Fifty other analysts said they support the formal report and can back up the claims.