It’s all about keeping up appearances, folks:

More from CNN:

President Barack Obama’s former top military intelligence official said Tuesday that the White House ignored reports prefacing the rise of ISIS in 2011 and 2012 because they did not fit their re-election “narrative.”

“I think that they did not meet a narrative the White House needed. And I’ll be very candid with you, they just didn’t,” retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”

Flynn, who has been critical of both Obama and former President George W. Bush’s handling of the Iraq War and involvement in the Middle East, said that Obama was served poorly by a small circle of advisers who were worried about his re-election prospects at the time.

Poorly served, or served exactly how he likes: By sycophantic yes-men.

We wish we could say we’d be surprised if this is exactly how it had happened …

… But let’s face it. This is exactly the sort of thing we’d expect from the Obama administration.



So President Obama was wrong? Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says ‘We have not contained ISIL’