As the French government takes retaliatory action against ISIS sites in Syria after the bloody attacks by the terror group throughout its capital city of Paris on Friday night, some officials say they are also watching the response of the Obama administration.

The traditionally Obama-friendly MSNBC is reporting that French officials are not holding back criticism of the president for his inaction during the past two years while ISIS gained strength and spread throughout Syria, Iraq and into Europe.

The president’s comment that the events in Paris were “a sickening setback” to his policies that he considers to be a success were not well-received in a country that has not yet begun to bury its dead from three simultaneous attacks.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said, “This is not the speech the people of Paris wanted to hear today.”

French officials, according to sources in Paris, are citing the absence of leadership from the United States as a factor in providing ISIS with an incubation period while the Islamic terror group gained strength and filled the vacuum left in the region by the withdrawal of American forces.

President Obama famously referred to ISIS as “the JV team” in a January 2014 interview with David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, who later said the thought the president’s remark was “flip.”

On Friday, just hours before the deadly terror attacks that swept Paris, Obama declared that ISIS was “contained.”

“I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”

The underestimating of ISIS extended beyond the president to his administration.

Early in 2015, James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence told Congress the only threat posed by ISIS was a regional one, predicting that the terror group would “only conduct operations in the Middle East.”

At the same time, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said ISIS presented “an internal conflict, internal to Islam.”

Sources say that French officials feel a sense of frustration and a belief that the U.S. needs to consider the security needs of its allies in Europe more seriously than it has to date.


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