Former officials: Obama did nothing to stop ISIS . . . President Obama’s former ambassador to Iraq says in a new interview that his administration “did almost nothing” in response to intelligence warnings earlier this year that Islamic State radicals were gaining ground in Iraq and threatening the country’s stability.
“The administration not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced that it was going to intensify support against ISIS with the Iraqi armed forces. And it did almost nothing,” says James Jeffrey, who served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq between 2010 and 2012, in “Frontline’s” “The Rise of ISIS,” which airs on PBS Tuesday night (check local listings) and is previewed here exclusively on Yahoo News.
Jeffrey is one of a number of ex-administration officials who appear in the film and sharply criticize the decisions of the president they once served. Yahoo News
Israeli Prime Minister Chickenshit? . . . The Obama administration’s anger is “red-hot” over Israel’s settlement policies, and the Netanyahu government openly expresses contempt for Obama’s understanding of the Middle East. Profound changes in the relationship may be coming. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” a senior Obama administration official said. The Atlantic
Obama to bring foreign Ebola patients here? . . . House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) says he has evidence that the Obama administration is preparing to bring Ebola patients from West Africa to the United States for treatment, a policy change he opposes because of the increased risk it poses to U.S. health care workers. The Blaze
Immigration recommendations in final stages . . . Justice Department and Homeland Security officials are sending to the White House their final recommendations on what immigration executive actions should look like. officials are considering what length of time an undocumented immigrant needs to have been a resident to receive protections. If the administration requires proof of 10 years of residency, a far smaller group of people would be affected by the actions than if five years is the standard. Similarly, it is still unclear whether the parents of young undocumented immigrants — or DREAMers — protected by the 2012 executive action will fall under the new actions. Buzzfeed
Joint Chiefs back 21-day quarantine . . . Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is expected to accept a recommendation by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to quarantine for 21 days all U.S. troops returning from Ebola-stricken countries, The New York Times reported. Newsmax
Security upped at federal buildings . . . The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday it has increased security at federal buildings across the country, citing terror threats and recent attacks in Canada and elsewhere. Fox News
Palin: I hope to run again for office . . . Sarah Palin opened the door for another run for public office, railing against liberals who, she says, would like to keep her on the political sidelines. Palin was asked whether harsh criticism of her had driven her away from politics. “Bless their hearts, those haters out there, they don’t understand that it invigorates me,” she responded. “It wants me to get out there and defend the innocent. [T]he more they’re pouring on, the more I’m going to bug the crap out of them by being out there with a voice, with a message, hopefully running for office in the future, too,” Palin added. Politico