National security experts and analysts are calling this exclusive story published last night on the Daily Beast a “monster.” Fifty intelligence analysts are revolting against how their dire warnings and information on the terror group ISIS is being altered by senior officials in order to paint a rosy picture. These analysts have gone so far as to file a formal complaint to the Pentagon’s inspector general, who has decided to open an investigation.
What is most alarming about this report is that senior officials are politicizing the reports in order to make it appear that the White House’s claim that America is winning the war against ISIS is accurate.
The most damning parts of the Daily Beast’s exposé were not only on how reports are altered, but also how analysts are afraid to even file reports that go against the narrative set by the White House,
The complaints allege that in some cases key elements of intelligence reports were removed, resulting in a document that didn’t accurately capture the analysts’ conclusions, sources familiar with the protest said. But the complaint also goes beyond alleged altering of reports and accuses some senior leaders at CENTCOM of creating an unprofessional work environment. One person who knows the contents of the written complaint sent to the inspector general said it used the word “Stalinist” to describe the tone set by officials overseeing CENTCOM’s analysis.
Many described a climate in which analysts felt they could not give a candid assessment of the situation in Iraq and Syria. Some felt it was a product of commanders protecting their career advancement by putting the best spin on the war.
What is really going on in Syria and Iraq? Why is it that the White House is more concerned with optics than victory?