In a recent interview with “60 Minutes,” Obama refused to accept blame for the rise of ISIS, instead accusing Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of underestimating the power of the terrorist group and overestimating the ability of the Iraqi army to properly fight them.
Obama’s unwillingness to take responsibility for his own errors is embarrassing. As Rachel Marsden of Town Hall put it: “When you're the Commander in Chief of the United States, downloading blame onto anyone -- let alone someone you nominated yourself -- is just pathetic.”
After Obama claimed that “no one could have possibly foreseen” how dangerous ISIS could have become, leaks from the Pentagon suggested that Obama was directly briefed about ISIS over a year ago.
As of October 1, ISIS has publicly beheaded nine Kurdish fighters, British aid worker David Haines, and American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. They have also killed thousands of Iraqis and Syrians trying to flee their control. This kind of disregard for the sanctity of human life is one of the many examples of their savagery.
Teenage girls from the Yazidi Christian minority in northern Iraq confirmed to The New York Post what was already widely assumed: that they were starved, beaten, tortured and raped while in ISIS captivity.
With CNN reporting that ISIS is probably holding at least two more American citizens hostage, as well as a host of others from additional Western countries, it is clear that all of the blame should be placed solely on Obama.