Reality Check to Obama from U.S. Intel: ISIS not Contained

Not exactly a news bulletin, except to Obama. ISIS not contained.


As if we needed this story after the bloody massacres in Paris and San Bernardino.

ISIS is on the march.

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From The Daily Beast:

A new U.S. intelligence report on ISIS, commissioned by the White House, predicts that the self-proclaimed Islamic State will spread worldwide and grow in numbers, unless it suffers a significant loss of territory on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials told The Daily Beast.

The report stands in stark contrast to earlier White House assurances that ISIS had been “contained” in Iraq and Syria. And it is already spurring changes in how the U.S. grapples with ISIS, these officials said.

It’s also a tacit admission that coalition efforts so far—dropping thousands of bombs and deploying 3,500 U.S. troops as well as other coalition trainers—have been outpaced by ISIS’s ability to expand and attract new followers, even as the yearlong coalition air campaign has helped local forces drive ISIS out of parts of Iraq and Syria.

This report was commissioned prior to the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, but delivered afterwards.


  1. Overwhelmed and under testeroned, Obama almost appeared bewildered in the State of Confusion speech last night. I don’t think he even reassured himself. No plan other than to dither along for another 12 1/2 months.

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