Pentagon Official: The President Is Lying To America — About Us, And About ISIS



Joseph Miller is the pen name for a ranking Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked in strategic planning.

President Barack Obama has taken a lot of flak since his Sunday night “60 Minutes” interview, in which he blamed the intelligence community for his failure to tackle the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. And that is right and proper. Because not only was his excuse of blaming us a lie, but when questioned on his lie, White House press secretary Josh Earnest doubled down with a whole new lie — both of which are easily, publicly proven false.

On Sunday, Obama said the intelligence community had underestimated the rise of ISIS, saying in an interview with CBS, “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”

But we know that isn’t true, as nearly a dozen administration officials have testified to the threat posed by ISIS publicly over the last year.

The fact that the president chose to use the word “they” instead of “we” immediately drew condemnation from friend and foe alike, who saw it as the president’s attempt to pass the buck. (RELATED: Obama Has Spent More Time Playing Golf Than In Intel Briefings)

To mitigate the fallout, Earnest’s office issued a statement stating that, “…A lot of that [decision-making] was predicated on the will of the Iraqi security forces to fight for their country.”

But this was also not true.

In 2010, General Lloyd Austin, then-commander of United State Forces in Iraq, directly informed the president that over 20,000 U.S. troops would be required to maintain the gains made by U.S. forces against al-Qaida and its affiliates, and to mentor the fledgling Iraqi security forces– because he knew they were not ready to go out on their own. (MILLER: The Facts Are In, And Obama’s Policy Is A Direct Danger To The United States)

But in order for Austin’s plan to work, the United States would have to negotiate and sign a security agreement with the government of Iraq to give the U.S. legal authority to keep U.S. military forces in that country beyond December 2010. The White House claims they were forced to withdraw because then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to grant U.S. force serving in Iraq post 2010 immunity from Iraqi prosecution– a prerequisite for the presence of U.S. forces anywhere else in the world. But the administration made no attempt to seriously negotiate an agreement with the Iraqis, and cited our withdrawal from Iraq as a major achievement during the 2012 elections, giving the American intelligence community the distinct feeling that the move was politically motivated. (MILLER: Obama’s Current StrategyIs Doomed To Fail)

Instead of investing any time in negotiating the agreement, the Obama administration used the Maliki regimes refusal to grant immunity as a political out for withdrawing all U.S. combat forces from Iraq by the end of 2010. That saw the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces and the end of Operation New Dawn, the successor to Operation Iraqi Freedom. It also saw the rise of ISIS, and brings us to where we are today. (MILLER: What It Will Take To Win The War Against The Islamic State)

Today, Gen. Lloyd Austin is in command of U.S. Central Command– the U.S. combatant command in charge of fighting all wars in the Middle East, Central Asia and parts of North and East Africa. From that post, he once again recommended to the president that ground forces would be required in order to achieve the White House’s goals, this time against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. (MILLER: Iraq A Symptom Of Larger Obama Failure — Syria)

Once again, the president overruled his commanding general and has chosen to use air strikes alone to “destroy” a terrorist army of 30,000.

The president clearly does not think the mission is worth the cost necessary to complete it; but by pursuing his ends without authorizing the necessary means, he is dooming that mission to failure. (MILLER: Special Forces, Not #Hashtags, Mr. President)

The United States military and intelligence community have learned a lot over the past decade of conflict. Our commander in chief, unfortunately, has not. Since the start of his administration, President Barack Obama has ignored his generals and the intelligence community. Over the past few weeks, he has half-heartedly pursued a strategy that destines us to fail in our mission, and over the past three days, he and his White House have lied to prove otherwise. To those who wear our nation’s uniform, or serve in her intelligence community, that’s insult — and injury.



Mingled with other people for days before being diagnosed


The patient who is critically ill with the Ebola virus in a Dallas hospital was initially sent home with anti-biotics before being diagnosed, it has been revealed. The man was also around other people in Texas for days before being isolated and quarantined.

The Associated Press reports that the man, who traveled from Liberia to Dallas on September 20th, was dismissed from the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on the 26th after seeking care. He was evaluated and given a prescription for antibiotics, with hospital workers believing he had some other ailment.

Scott Gordon, a reporter for KXAS, tweeted ‘Hospital reviewing why patient wasn’t properly diagnosed on Friday when he was evaluated and sent home. Dismissed with antibiotics.’

The man was not re-admitted to the hospital until two days later on the 28th September, raising the risk that he was potentially spreading the Ebola virus around family members and friends for 48 hours when the virus was at its most infectious.

The man is now in strict isolation, with blood tests by Texas health officials and the CDC separately confirming he has Ebola.

When asked how many people the patient may have come into contact with, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden said, ‘I think a handful is the right characterization.’

Texas health officials are in the process of tracking down those who may have come into close contact with the patient. When located, those people will be monitored for 21 days after exposure, to see if they develop symptoms.

“If they develop fever then those same criteria are used to isolate them and make sure that they are cared for as well as possible, so that they maximize their chances [for recovery] and to minimize or eliminate the chance that they would infect other people.” Frieden said.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings issued a statement that noted “We have quarantined both [the ambulance crew that took the patient to the hospital] and the unit itself to make sure that nothing was there that can be spread.”

“First and foremost, we gotta have our thoughts and prayers for this man, who is very sick and hopefully he’ll get well. But we’re gonna sure everybody else is safe at the same time.” Rawlings added.

‘The bottom line here is that I have no doubt we will control this importation, or this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country,’ Frieden said at a press conference.

“It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual, a family member or other individual, could develop Ebola in the coming weeks,” he added. “But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.”

Obamacare Will Cancel 50,000 More Plans Before November


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Tens of thousands more Obamacare cancellations are going to pile up over the next month, potentially putting pressure back on the health-care law in the weeks before the election.

Insurance companies across the country are slated to send close to 50,000 people cancellation notices before November, according to the Morning Consult. That includes at least 30,000 New Mexicans who will be kicked off their plans, the Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday.

“We got together and said, ‘This would be the right time to make sure all the citizens in the state who had a plan that wasn’t ACA-compliant would have the opportunity to convert to one,” said New Mexico insurance superintendent John Franchini, apparently without any irony. The state decided in May not to extend plans not compliant with Obamacare past the end of 2014.

Another 14,000 people in Kentucky (mostly Humana customers) and 800 Moda customers in Alaska will receive cancellation letters by Oct. 1. Both states accepted three-year extensions of plans not compliant with Obamacare regulations, but top insurers are ending their plans early. It’s a financial boost for Obamacare exchange insurers (both Humana in Kentucky and Moda in Alaska offer exchange plans) to terminate their noncompliant plans.

This month, around 2,000 people will receive notices from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee. And Colorado officials admitted last month that another 2,000 customers would be losing their coverage this year, on top of almost 250,000 who had their policies cancelled in 2013. (RELATED: Another 2,000 Insurance Policies Cancelled In Colorado)

Colorado and Tennessee state officials are scheduled to outlaw noncompliant health plans after Dec. 31, according to trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Some states, though, reported low numbers — Maine officials have said just 40 people will lose their plans this year. North Carolina’s insurance department said it’s been notified that only 75 people will lose plans, but the number could be much higher because insurers in that state aren’t required to notify the government when they cancel a health plan.

It’s very difficult to pin down an exact number of insurance policies canceled due to the health-care law, but the reports keep coming in. When customers first began receiving notices in 2013 that Obamacare regulations had made their health care plans illegal, the public outcry at President Barack Obama’s outright lie that if you liked your plan you could keep it prompted the Obama administration to issue one year-long delay, and then another.

That pushed the politically controversial issue onto state governments — some of whom are very displeased with the Obama administration over the move. According to America’s Health Insurance Plans, just 27 states have granted three-year extensions of noncompliant plans.

But even in states that went along with the extension, insurance companies don’t have to keep offering the plans. In many cases, it’s much more beneficial for insurers to discontinue the noncompliant plans.

The millions-strong cancellations were partially intended to push already-insured customers — who are typically healthier and with less pent-up need for health care services — onto Obamacare exchanges by taking away their other options.

When the Obama administration extended the plans, many insurers were left in a bind because they didn’t see the influx of healthier, previously insured customers they had expected. This was a factor in the Obama administration’s decision to pave the way to expand a risk corridor program into handing insurers federal taxpayer funding.

The fight about Obamacare cancellations has cooled over the past several months, but now that notices are going out en masse all over again, the clear loss for Obamacare supporters has the potential to create problems.

In Alaska, where the 800 cancellations are a higher percentage of the state’s tiny population, Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich has already taken hits for his support of the law — and is currently down in the polls against his Republican challenger, Attorney General Dan Sullivan. (RELATED: Alaska Physician Shuts Down Practice, Citing Obamacare)

If Republicans manage to pick up Senate seats in Alaska and Colorado in particular, their chances of winning the Senate majority will be much higher, according to The Washington Post. While Obamacare is still not the leading issue in the polls, anger over the cancellations could be used to the GOP’s advantage.