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Rep. Pete King: Faulty ISIS Reports Created Deadly Situation in Iraq, Syria

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By    |   Friday, 12 August 2016 02:45 PM

There is no doubt that "somewhere the books were cooked" when it came to the U.S. military Central Command's reports detailing the Islamic State's rise in Iraq and Syria in 2014 and 2015, Rep. Pete King said Friday.

At the "very least," he added, it will eventually be determined that President Barack Obama created an atmosphere that made that happen, .

"Somewhere the books were cooked, and the analysts would submit their reports, their analysis of the final product," King told Fox Business News' Maria Bartiromo on the "Mornings With Maria" program. "The statements were always on the side of being better than it was. Every instance, analysis changes, made it to be a rosier picture."

The Defense Department has been reluctant to turn over documents to the task force investigating the reports, King said, but "there is no doubt it happened, it happened, and it put lives at risk. The question now is how high does it go?"

Even if Obama did not issue the order to make the reports look better, King said he is sure it will be determined that he "created the atmosphere, the mood that ISIS was defeated, ISIS was a 'JV' team, and his policies were working."

The positive reports had negative consequences, King said.

"Gen. Jack Keane explained it best, this is life and death," the New York congressman said. "Now you're having tactical and strategic decisions based on analysis that was faulty. Phony intelligence is saying the enemy is weak, the enemy is retreating, the enemy is on defense. The fact is, ISIS was very well armed, very well trained, and ready to attack."

Such faulty reports put troops at risk, as well as strategic forces, and King said the information lead to the loss of the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Mosul to ISIS, and troops are still struggling to regain Mosul.

King complained that the reports are a part of a pattern with Obama, including "saying it was workplace violence when Major [Nidal] Hasan was killing people at Fort Hood."

Obama has also complained that his intelligences sources failed, leading him to make the infamous "JV team" comment about ISIS, said King.

However, King, who chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism in the House, said there have been warnings for some time about the danger of ISIS.

"Gen. Mike Flynn, in 2013, early 2014 told us how dangers ISIS was," King, who is also a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said.

"The president chooses to ignore that," he continued. "Here's what he wants to hear. His vision is that the war was caused by George Bush, and by extending the hand of friendship, he was going to bring peace to the region. His taking troops from Iraq was the worst decision a president has made in recent memory."

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There is no doubt that "somewhere the books were cooked" when it came to the U.S. military Central Command's reports detailing the Islamic State's rise in Iraq and Syria in 2014 and 2015, Rep. Pete King said Friday.
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