Seems Obama does not read his intelligence briefings as they arrive. He has them edited so as to not offend his idea of what ISIS is
In light of everything going on with Turkey shooting down a Russian warplane and then ISIS shoots down the helicopter that Russia sent in to rescue the pilots of the downed jet fighter some folks may want to know What does Obama know about ISIS and when did he know it?
Sometime shortly before September of 2011 Anwar al-Awlaki recorded an audio about the Islamic State in Iraq and the Caliphate that had been forming since 2005. After what Anwar al-Awlaki has to say in this video it will lay a sea of doubt for the American people that Obama will likely not be able to navigate.
Anwar al-Awlaki noted in his recording that President Bush was aware of the Islamic State . Awlaki quotes Bush. In October of 2005, “The militants believe that controlling one country will rally the Muslim masses enabling them to overthrow all moderate governments in the region and establish a radical Islamic Empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia.”
On Sept 5th 2006 Bush said: “This Caliphate would be a totalitarian Islamic Empire encompassing all current and former Muslim lands stretching from Europe to North Africa, the middle east and South-East Asia. We know this because al-Qaeda told us so.”
He also quotes Donald Rumsfeild “Iraq will serve as the base for a new Islamic Caliphate to extend through out the middle east and which would threaten the legitimate governments in Europe and Africa and Asia. This is their plan – they have said so, we make a terrible mistake if we fail to listen and learn“
Then he quotes Ex Prime Minister Tony Blair when he referred to the need to confront an evil ideology that included “the establishment of effectively Taliban states and Sharia law in the Arab world in route to the one Caliphate of all Muslim nations .”
Finally al-Awlaki quotes General David Petraeus speaking of the Troop Surge Obama and the democrats fought against while Bush was still President. Petraeus when asking for the troop surge explained “It is to disrupt al-Qaeda and its ability to conduct sensational attacks and to try to continue that cycle of violence which they have been trying to do all along. In addition they are attempting to try to establish a real al-Qaeda sanctuary in Iraq, a Caliphate”
Probably the most disturbing thing about this video, (uncut) is nowhere in it does Anwar a-Awlaki actually dispute the words used to describe the Islamic State AKA al-Qaeda AKA ISIL and the Caliphate like “Totalitarian State” “Terror”or “Sensational Violence.”
It is truly a wonder how with so many years worth of additional compiled intelligence coming into the Obama Intelligence apparatus that Obama could claim they underestimated ISIL. He certainly must think Americans at large are just gullible idiots.
The Anwar a-Awlaki video in its full context can be found here https://archive.org/details/ImamAnwarAwlakiSpeakingAboutTheIslamicStateOfIraqAndAShamISIS
Also portions were taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZY4LOpap_g