U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), vice chairman of the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence and senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a series of tweets this morning criticizing pundits who blame the escalating conflict in Iraq on “failed intelligence.” Instead, the Senator calls out President Barack Obama’s strategy of “leading from behind” as responsible for the growing violence in the region.
@SaxbyChambliss tweeted the following in that order:
“The Middle East over the last three years has been besieged by a resurgence of instability, violence and terrorism.
“The Obama admin has chosen to confront this challenge, which has major implications for U.S. national security, by “leading from behind.”
“relying on an ineffective diplomatic strategy that involves few concrete security measures.
“I've been shocked to hear some refer to recent events in the Middle East, including the rise of ISIL in Iraq, as intelligence failures.
“Intel community makes mistakes, but these events, including resurgence of ISIL, aren't intel failures; they're policy & leadership failures.
“Al-Qa’ida is one of biggest threats to U.S. They're plotting against us & seeking new recruits, esp among our citizens & GITMO detainees.
“Whether it's Iraq, Afghanistan, or other parts of the Middle East Americans have fought & died in the war against al-Qa’ida.
“We're weary of war, but threats remain. POTUS must acknowledge terrorist threats we face & put policies in place to effectively counter them.”
Chambliss released a statement last week voicing his concerns over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group taking over parts of Iraq. The Senator pointed out that the group is extremely dangerous, and used to be part of Al-Qaida but was too extreme even for the famous terrorist network.
People across the globe got a glimpse into that violence when ISIL released videos and photos few days ago showing executions of nearly 2000 Iraqi soldiers.
Some Republicans joined Chambliss in criticizing the Obama Administration for trivializing the threat that the region is still facing and not working out a better security agreement to ensure Iraq’s stability. Obama has been saying repeatedly that Al-Qaida and Islamic extremists were “decimated” and “on the run” in the Middle East.