U.S. Military Intelligence Misleading Nation’s Leaders Regarding Daesh
A most troubling investigation by The New York Times makes for front-page above the fold must-reading today. This story will be dominating the news.
In essence there seems to be a deep problem of dissenting voices being muffled by senior military commanders–voices that very well may have a more focused and clear-headed view about the nature of the threats we face and how to manage them.
This is a most disturbing read. When our top leaders in the White House or congress can not have faith in the assessments from Centcom –assessments from which decisions are at times based–then there needs to be some medals to spin off jackets and military brass brought to their knees. This is just unacceptable.
At the U.S. military’s Central Command (Centcom), “analysts say that supervisors revised conclusions to mask some of the American military’s failures in training Iraqi troops and beating back the Islamic State. … military officials have told Congress that some … emails and documents may have been deleted before they had to be turned over to investigators …
“Current and former officials have separately made similar claims … to The New York Times. … The insurrection inside Centcom is an important chapter in the story of how the United States responded to the growing threat from the Islamic State. This past summer, a group of Centcom analysts took concerns about their superiors to the inspector general, saying they had evidence that senior officials had changed intelligence assessments to overstate the progress of American airstrikes against … ISIS. … Centcom’s official posture remained generally upbeat. …
“Obama and senior intelligence officials have acknowledged that the Islamic State’s rapid emergence caught them by surprise. At the least, the prospect that senior officials intentionally skewed intelligence conclusions has raised questions about how much Mr. Obama, Congress and the public can believe the military’s assessments.”