Politicized intelligence, huh? I seem to recall that accusation being tossed off several hundred times a day in the previous decade. But this is a Democrat administration, so it's all good, I'm guessing.
- Me, two weeks ago
And analysts and agents in the field are no longer will to keep quiet about it anymore:
The Daily Beast reported late Wednesday that more than fifty analysts had supported a complaint to the Pentagon that the reports had been changed to make the terror groups seem weaker than the analysts believe they really are. Fox News confirmed last month that the Defense Department’s inspector general was investigating the initial complaint, which the New York Times reported was made by a civilian employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA).
The assessments in question are prepared for several U.S. policymakers, including Barack Obama.
The Daily Beast report, which cited eleven individuals, claimed that the complaint being investigated by the Defense Department was made in July. However, several analysts reportedly complained as early as this past October that their reports were being altered to suit a political narrative that ISIS was being weakened by U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria. [emphasis added]
So as to head off revived public calls for reinvading Iraq with the dreaded "boots on the ground" to actually destroy ISIS and totally unravel The One's "accomplishment" of having abandoned the country to the mullahs and their jihadist jackals. It's as I said two weeks ago: Barack Obama didn't have to give orders to "plump up" reports of ISIS's imminent demise because everybody in CENTCOM knew that's what he wanted to see and gave it to him without having to be specifically directed to do so. It's the very politicization of intelligence that did not, in fact, ever take place during the Bush years only flowing in the diametrically opposite direction. Which, by leftwingnut lights, means it's not "politicized," but simply "the way things ought to be". Which includes the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and all of its unfolding, disastrous consequences.
Ah, well. I'm sure President Redlines wanted to clean house in the low and middle levels of the intelligence community anyway.