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State Dept’s Marie Harf: Hey, the spread of ISIS surprised even ISIS

By Doug Powers  •  September 29, 2014 10:03 PM

**Written by Doug Powers


“Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance — unless your own arrogance is greater, then best to forget about the whole thing.”

– Sun Tzu’s lesser-known brother Sammy Tzu.


As the incompetent and hapless terrorist world continues failing to live up to Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaign promises, the president has said that the intelligence community misjudged the threat from an ISIS terrorist group Obama dismissed not long ago as a JV team.

The State Department’s Marie Harf said today that the spread of ISIS caught everybody by surprise… even ISIS. Yeah, she actually said that.

Video via Noah Rothman at Hot Air, partial transcript via me:

Blitzer: I guess what the president said on 60 Minutes that the intelligence community basically got it wrong. The intelligence community, at least elements there, they’re coming back and saying for at least a year they were warning that ISIS was on the move, getting stronger, gaining territory. They don’t think they necessarily got it wrong.

Harf: What the president said was for a long time we’ve known about the serious threat from ISIL. But I think everyone — us, the Iraqis, even ISIL itself probably — was surprised by how quickly earlier this summer they were really able to take territory in Iraq. They moved more quickly than anyone could have imagined.

The Three Stooges called, and they want their foreign policy back.

Moral of the story: ISIS needs to work on their intelligence gathering capabilities so they understand their limitations and stop making the current administration look JV.

**Written by Doug Powers

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