Interviewing on Sixty Minutes, this past Sunday, President Urbama I admitted that the United States had "underestimated" the emergence of ISIS in Syria. Obama added that the agencies had overestimated the ability and will of the Iraqi Army to fight such Sunni extremists.
How is this possible? History's greatest, most extensive spy apparatus that dragnets every pebble of information in the world, that data-mines the corneas, breathing patterns and bank accounts of millions upon millions, that eavesdrops on phone conversations, net-chats and emails, that algorithms thought patterns and body gestures, that tracks the movements of ants from space, that engages in mass "attitude manipulation" and that has totally trashed constitutional due process and civil rights and privacy and civic trust in favour of turning the world into a Global Security Lockdown-- the regime ("government" is too civil a word) that has done all of this in the name of fighting terrorism managed not to get a heads up an an emerging terrorist threat?
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.