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US Intel Warned WH About Arab Unrest

From a frantically spinning Associated Press:

US intelligence on Arab unrest draws criticism

By Kimberly Dozier, AP Intelligence Writer
February 4, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence agencies are drawing criticism from the Oval Office and Capitol Hill that they failed to warn of revolts in Egypt and the downfall of an American ally in Tunisia.

President Barack Obama has told National Intelligence Director James Clapper that he was "disappointed with the intelligence community" over its failure to predict the outbreak of demonstrations would lead to the ouster of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis, according to one U.S. official familiar with the exchanges, which were expressed to Clapper through White House staff.

Do you remember all of the sympathy that Mr. Obama and the AP had for Mr. Bush, when he was misled by faulty information from the intelligence community?

We don’t either.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence, said there was little warning before Egypt’s riots as well.

Top senators on the Intelligence Committee are asking when the president was briefed and what he was told before the revolts in Egypt and Tunisia.

"These events should not have come upon us with the surprise that they did," the committee’s chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in an interview. "There should have been much more warning" of the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, she said, in part because demonstrators were using the Internet and social media to organize.

"Was someone looking at what was going on the Internet?" she asked.

Ms. Feinstein seems to be unaware that there are demonstrations on the ‘Arab Street’ every day of the week – and twice on Friday.

Top CIA official Stephanie O’Sullivan told senators Thursday that Obama was warned of instability in Egypt "at the end of last year." She spoke during a confirmation hearing to become the deputy director of national intelligence, the No. 2 official to Clapper.

If Mr. Bush were still President, this would be the headline and the lead paragraph – and this revelation would be the biggest scandal of the entire crisis. But since the current White House occupant is a Democrat, the media is blaming the ‘intelligence community.’

The leading Republican on the committee, Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, asked for a written record of the timetable of Obama’s intelligence briefings. It’s due to the committee in 10 days

But don’t worry. We won’t hear another word about it.

DNI spokeswoman Jamie Smith insisted that the intelligence community "has been closely tracking these countries and as tensions and protests built in Tunisia, it was fully anticipated that this activity could spread."

But top intelligence officials said that after Tunisia, they’d promised the White House to "do better," according to two officials briefed on the process

Well, let’s see how much better they do after Mr. Obama and the Democrats slash their budgets even more. After all, there are still some ‘poor’ but loyal voters who do not yet own big screen TVs.

White House national security staff relayed the president’s disapproval over the wrong call in Tunisia to Clapper and other top intelligence officials in one of a series of high-level meetings in mid-January, prior to the outbreak of the demonstrations in Egypt, according to one official.

In the aftermath of the botched call on Tunisia, the intelligence community widened the warnings to the White House and the diplomatic community that the instability could spread to much of the Arab world.

The White House publicly rejected charges that intelligence agencies underperformed on Tunisia and said the intelligence community warned the president that Tunisia’s protests could inspire copycats

So which is it? Did the intel community ‘botch’ Tunisia or not? If we are to believe the White House, they did not.

They specifically warned that unrest in Egypt would probably gain momentum, said another official familiar with the intelligence, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters…

So what is the point of this AP article? Except to try to cover up for Mr. Obama’s dithering.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 4th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “US Intel Warned WH About Arab Unrest”

  1. Astravogel says:

    Big ears don’t help
    if you’re not listening.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    But but but …. the White House said this was an Intelligence failure!

    (jokes to the left) (acid comments to the right)

  3. untrainable says:

    I was expecting this days ago. It’s taken far longer than usual for Obama to get his finger into pointing position. I paraphrase lefty weasels of every stripe when I ask, “What did he know, and when did he know it?” Too soon?

    Next, wait for the comment that can compare to, “I don’t know all the facts, but I do know that the police acted stupidly.”

  4. TerryAnne says:

    I’m just waiting for the headline of “Obama Replaces Intelligence Agencies with Fortune Tellers and Seekers”…since he apparently thinks that intelliegence is all about seeing what will happen (not reasonably predicting what may happen or what the possibilities are that could happen).

  5. tranquil.night says:

    The age old question since we first met the boyking: is he just naive and incompetent or is this purposeful?

    I was listening to Hannity radio yesterday – David Horowitz was debating Stanley Cohen, the American attorney for Hamas, who was attempting to drivel on about how the Muslim Brotherhood is passive and democratic.

    Incredulous, Horowitz snapped, “You are like the Jews who turned on and gave up their own to the Nazi’s at Auschwitz!”

    I didn’t realize until now that is a not-so-subtle reference to one named George Soros, who was indeed part of the “Judenrat,” unrepentant. Mr. Satan, err Soros, a major contributor to the Democrat Party, is currentlt publicly rehashing his belief that Israel is the ultimate challenge to Middle East peace.

    • TerryAnne says:

      You can’t be passive and undemocratic in the same breath. Undemocratic = autocratic; dictator; monarchy; etc. They are everything but “government for the people; by the people” and, thus, authoritarian…which creates animosity and discomfort, with a forceful government in response.

    • proreason says:

      Many Jews loathe their cultural heritage.

      It’s probably a function of the hatred that has been heaped upon them for millenia.

      Some people simply can’t maintain their self-esteem in the face of such an onslaught.

      We should pity them.

    • hushpuppy says:

      Proreason – where did you hear this? I’d very much appreciate it if you would cite your source(s). I still have relatives in central Europe as well as in the US and Canada. I would have had even more relatives had they not been put to death by Nazis!

      … and I have to be honest and tell you that your comment really pissed me off.

      Did you know that there are a lot of Sabbatarian Christians as well as Jews who keep the various Holy Days, the Saturday Sabbath, and are waiting for Christ Jesus to return?

      So I don’t care if you want to refer to me as either a Christian Jew or a Jewish Christian but because I have the blood of the royal tribe of Judah in my veins I find your rather glib comment very offensive!

      I don’t know of any Jew who is embarrased by or ‘loathe their cultural heritage’! We know who we are and we are proud of our heritage and the fact we can trace our roots all the way back to the Table of Nations in Genesis 10, and back to our ancestor Abraham and his wife Sarah. We are not mixed breeds like Arabs are who were decendants of Abraham through Hagar the Egyptian, Abraham’s wife’s handmaid!

      Furthermore the only example that I can think of which comes halfway to that descriptive is Hitler, whose ancestry is still a matter of conjecture for historians.

      “It’s probably a function of the hatred that has been heaped upon them for millenia.” The only “hatred” that has been “heaped” upon Jews was by the Arab descendants of Abraham and Hagar named Ishmaelites named after the bastard child, Ishmael. I’m including modern-day Germans in this category as their ancient progenitors were known as Assyrians. Find a map and look at where Assyria is located.

      And we don’t give a damn who “heaps” hatred on us. That won’t ever make us ‘ashamed’. If anything hatred against us only reinforces for us the knowledge that we are special and God’s chosen!

      Hatred is a byproduct of jealousy, and the various arab tribes/countries always been jealous of us for that reason. If Jews were as weak as you say, there would be no known ‘Jew’ left because they all would have changed their names and religions and blended into the surrounding countries lost to history.

      Incidently, God describes the arab’s chief personality trait as ‘being a wild ass of a man’ who was always at war with everyone around them, and in turn every nation makes war with them because they are so unreasonable. (Genesis 16:12)

      “Some people simply can’t maintain their self-esteem in the face of such an onslaught. We should pity them.” Really? And how the hell would you know? Are you speaking from personal experience?

      What an unbelievably smug and haughty a statement!! Who the hell are you to presume to speak for an entire race of peoples from their ancient progenitor Judah – and all the way down through 3500 years of history to the modern age – and to elect yourself to speak on behalf of every living Jew scattered all over the globe (diaspora)… both the Sephardic and Ashkenasi Jews (of which I am one).

      Had you been standing in front of me and said what you did, I would likely have slapped you in the face.

      Now cite your sources to back up that slanderous and ignorant comment!

    • proreason says:

      The assertion doesn’t need a source. It’s a bit like asking for a source for claiming that race-baiters are themseles racists.

      Many Jews are progressives, even though there is a virulent anti-semetic strain in progressism (also a racist strain. The most racist people are progressives. Otherwise, why would they have forced policies upon blacks that have converted a strong black culture into a culture of complete dependency. They have converted an entire group of people into serfs in just 40 years. Of course, the serfs vote 99% for progressives since they have been convinced they can’t live without the freebies.). Most Jews in the US voted for Obamy, even though his policies are designed to destroy Israel, and he is a racist himself. This is all well known. In addition, many/most Jews are secular and repudiate their religion. It’s well known. Many Jews are Communist, even though they have always been persecuted by communists. There are also millions of people with a Jewish lineage who hide it from the world. This is also well known. Then you have the malignant cases like Soros. What can explain such a consistent pattern of cultural denial besides self-loathing? The only other thing I can think of is fear…but in the US, Jews don’t have much to be afraid of at all.

      It’s a form of Stockholm syndrome. Jews have been persecuted for so long that many of them now sympathize with their persecutors.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Your response demonstrates the incredible bond of kinship your people have, even when you are abjectly on different sides of the fence from eachother, HP. It is for this reason that Flavius Silva enslaved Jews to build his ramp to Masada and quell the Zealot revolt following the Temple’s destruction. Even as their own people were building the ramp to the final doom of the last of their heritage (as the Sanhedrin were there with relics from the Temple), along with women and children, Elezar ben Yair wouldn’t order an attack on them.

      “Many Jews” are self-loathers, not all. For an official source on that term, reference Theodor Lessing’s 1930 book Der Jüdische Selbsthass (“Jewish Self-hatred”).

      But if I might speak frankly, History proves that the Jews are exceptional. Wherever they’ve gone become integral members to the regions economic, technological, cultural and even military progress. It’s not just by accident that they end up leaders in practically every endeavor they pursue, and no, it’s not because of some grand Western Zionist conspiracy either. Although it makes you want to facepalm when you find out that Soros, an ethnic Jew, is the biggest global advancer of that belief.

      The Jewish people are genetically predisposed to self-determination and industriousness because of how much they’ve been persecuted through history. They have a natural and cultural awareness of sociological and moral truths well beyond average, making them instinctive planners and businesspeople. But even intellectually and spiritually the have a fierce, fierce desire to want to understand the fundamental reason behind God’s gift of life and free-will. It’s that some get that answer incredibly wrong for whatever psychological reason, especially those who abdicate the wisdom of their heritage in favor of the backwards ideology Western Leftism.

      The ironic problem is that those secular, left-wing ethnic Jews are the one’s who often invent and market those ideas which end up becoming major instruments of their future persecution and enslavement, and that trend is very, very evident through history, going back to the Bible.

      Karl Marx was of rabbinical descent. The Bolshevik revolution had many Jewish socialist leaders. Socialism itself is an evolution of the Jewish nuclear family and community to that of a family of unified nations, Zion, a discussion underway in certain circles well before Marx. So the irony, again, is that it’s Soros and the secular anti-Zionists who are the one’s veritably pursuing that which they’re demonizing: a one world order of “chosen” ruling elites.

      None of this information is recited with the intent of being offensive. Merely to illustrate that life is choices, and just like any ethnic group, there are those who make progressive choices based in humble self-interest and those who make destructive ones based in narcissistic self-consumption. And for the Jews as a whole in particular, the consequences of those actions have been incredibly drastic on both sides of the fence. They’re either in a Golden Age or on the verge of absolute catastrophe, or both at the same time, like now!

      “Moderate” has never been an adjective that I’ve been able to connect with a Jew, and that’s not meant to be demeaning either.

    • proreason says:

      btw hushpuppy, I wasn’t denigrating jews, only pointing out that there are many who seem to hate their heritage..

      Jews are one of most influential peoples of all time, no question. Their culture is the cornerstone of western civilization, and although Eqypt, the Fertile Crescent cultures, and Rome were also important influences, only the original Greek cultures rival the Jews for importance in shaping Western thought in ancient times.

      In the modern world, the two people that I would be the first to defend are the UK (England, Australia, etc.) and Israel.

      Even if the Moron wasn’t such a catastrophic threat domestically, his abandonment of the UK and Israel would be enough to mark his as the most dangerous person to appear on earth since Stalin died.

  6. artboyusa says:

    “US Vice-President Joe Biden spoke to his Egyptian counterpart on Thursday, say diplomats…” BBC News report 4 Feb 2011


    “Hello? Who is this, please?”

    “I don’t know who this is. I can’t see you; this is a telephone. A telephone. Hello?”

    “I am His Excellency Omar Suleiman, Vice President of the Egyptian Republic!”

    “Hey howyadoin’? I’m Joe Biden. I want to speak to the Vice President of Egypt. Is he around?”

    “I am he!”

    “That’s fine, Mr Hee. Nice talking with you; is the Vice President available? I want to speak with him urgently about events in your country”.

    “Speak then, Joe Biden. I am listening”.

    “Um, okay. No offence Mr Hee but I really wanted the Vice President”.

    “I said I am he!”

    “Yes, yes yes; so you say and I am Joe Biden; I’m glad to meet you but I really need to speak with your Vice President. Please put him on the line”.

    “But I am he! Speak! Speak, I implore you, Joe Biden!”

    “You know, not many people ever say that to me Mr Hee, and I appreciate your interest. Thanks a million and maybe we can talk more later, sir, but I really…”

    “I know! I know! I know what you want! I am he! Speak to me, he, you Delaware retard you!”

    “There’s no need for that kind of personal abuse Mr Hee. Now would you please put your Vice President on the line?”

    “AAAAAAAARRRGGGHHH!!! That is it! That is enough! I declare war on you and your stupid country! War! Especially on you, Joe Biden!You go to hell! I hang up now!”


    “Hello? Hello? It’s Joe Biden calling. Is anyone there? Hello?”

  7. proreason says:

    The Moron is lying.

    How do I know?

    He opened his mouth and words came out.

  8. Melly says:

    Putting my cynical hat on for a moment….don’t we have CIA agents in the middle east (and through out the world) firmly ensconced with specific orders to stir up a revolt when the opportunity arises? It just takes the right timing. Or did I watch too many “Mission Impossible” shows growing up?

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    “Was someone looking at what was going on the Internet?” she asked.

    ICE and Homeland Security were too busy looking for Americans
    doing wrong to be bothered. The rest were busy on porn sites.

  10. canary says:

    So much for Obama’s 1st Presidential IT team at the White House. CZAR Kundra laughed about how long it took for him to find out about 9/11. This little giggle was during one of his sell pitches (He was in Arlington VA at the time). Whatever happened to his co-workers in D.C. who were arrested by the FBI?
    Obama found the 1st plane to hit the WTC as insignificant, and wrote he switched his radio as he was driving.

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