In January 2014, President Barack Obama referred to jihadists engaged in power struggles and disputes as the JV team. In other words, he thought the terrorists who would form the Islamic State group were nothing to worry about.
United States intelligence has now confirmed that the terrorist organization is, in fact, something to worry about, as the number of their fighters in Libya has doubled in just one year, according to CNN.
Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said the intelligence community estimated the number of Islamic State group fighters in Libya at “around 4 to 6,000” — not exactly the “JV team” Obama would have us all believe.
The war-ravaged country has become a haven for militant groups since Moammar Gadhafi was taken down in 2011.
Now, several types of foreign fighters have been flooding into Libya, many of whom come from other northern African countries, according to Rodriguez.
“The foreign fighter flow goes back and forth across” North Africa, generating a lot of the foreign fighters who “go all the way across to Syria and Iraq,” he explained.
Many of these militants already in Libya have pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State group, which has been able to plan and execute deadly attacks in major cities across the world, such as Paris and Brussels.
— California Laura (@littlepeep09) April 8, 2016
When Obama called these terrorists the JV team, he largely underestimated their resources and power. Had he not made that massive error in judgment, perhaps we could have began decimating the group before they reached their current prominence.
“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said in 2014.
Well, President Obama, it seems that now they have not only suited up in Lakers uniforms, but they have Kobe Bryant as their shooting guard. What are you going to do about it?
When you realize ISIS isn't a JV team anymore pic.twitter.com/MRG9LOXjPI
— Nuzi (@mattnunziata) April 3, 2016
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