Obama: intel on Islamic State and Iraq must not be shaded

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Posted: Nov 22, 2015 3:14 AM
Obama: intel on Islamic State and Iraq must not be shaded

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama says he has repeatedly made clear to intelligence officials that they should never shade their assessments to produce a "feel good story."

Obama was asked at a news conference in Malaysia about a New York Times report that said military analysts felt their supervisors were eager to paint a more optimistic picture than warranted about training Iraqi troops and combating the Islamic State.

Obama says he's made clear that "I never want them to hold back." He said he has left it up to the inspector general to determine what has happened.

Even so, Obama said, he believes that "we've had a pretty clear-eyed, sober assessment" of what has happened in Iraq and the Islamic State.