Where's the shock? In a speech discussing the botched Christmas terrorist attack, President Obama said the failure to act on intelligence wasn't the fault of any one individual or agency, but was a failure to "connect those dots." Many in the media, however, are struggling to find the major revelation previewed by Obama's White House national security adviser Jim Jones, who told USA Today that findings in Obama's review would "shock" Americans.
Far from shocking, the president assumed responsibility for the security breach and vowed to pressure the U.S. intelligence community to "increase its chances of disrupting a bomb plot." Are we missing something? As David Kurtz points out, the only thing notable in the declassified report is a misspelling that tripped up the State Department. On the whole, the report "doesn't offer much in the way of new details."
Update: ABC News thinks they determined the "shock." According to their political consultant, Richard Clarke, the surprise revelation was the intelligence community's apparent dereliction of duty:
President Barack Obama said today he was directing U.S. intelligence agencies to begin to do something many had assumed they were already doing: "[A]ssigning specific responsibility for investigating all leads on high priority threats so that these leads are pursued and acted upon aggressively."
"That is a shock because we had such a follow-up system when I was there," said Richard Clarke, the White House counter-terrorism director in the Clinton and Bush administrations. Clarke, who worked on the Obama transition team, is now an ABC News consultant.
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