President Obama angrily told the Nation that “red flags” were missed that could have disrupted the Christmas Day plot that attempted to bring down an airliner headed for Detroit.
“The US government had sufficient information” to stop the plot, President Obama said. “But our intelligence community failed to connect those dots. This was not a failure to collect intelligence. It was a failure to integrate and understand the intelligence we already had.”
The president’s remarks came after a Situation Room meeting with 20 of his top national security advisers.
“I will accept that intelligence by its nature is imperfect, but it is increasingly clear that intelligence was not fully analyzed or fully leveraged,” he said. “That’s not acceptable, and I will not tolerate it.