John Bolton

John Bolton

Monday, October 22, 2012

Problem for Obama: Bin Laden May be Dead but Al Queda is Very Much Alive

Libya attack and Middle East violence undermines Obama's big national security success story!

A couple of Obama loving lawyers put up this billboard in Defiance Ohio:


The sentiment mirrors that found in bumpers stickers found at Obama rallies and web sites. Both Obama and Biden use the line about bin Laden dead at practically every campaign stop.

So, is it any wonder that when radicals overran our embassies throughout the Muslim world a few weeks back the chant was "Obama, Obama, we are ALL Osama?"

But even more to the point, Obama attempted to use the death of bin Laden as proof he was a tough guy on national security at the same time his foreign policy was the exact opposite. And this fact was highlighted in the blood with the deaths of our Ambassador in Libya and three other Americans after their repeated requests for more security was denied on the grounds of what the State Departments regional security chief described as "political" concerns.

Worse still, the Obama Administration KNEW Al Queda was on the rise in Africa before the attacks. The Washington Post reports on "a series of secret meetings in recent months to examine the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s franchise in North Africa." In that report the U.S. General with responsibilities in Africa describes a situation in which we “missed an opportunity to deal with AQIM [Al Queda in Africa] when they were weak.”

What we've learned from the debacle in Libya is that the hands of our security personnel were tied by their masters in Washington. That situation does not appear to be exclusively a problem in Libya but throughout the region where Obama's apologies to Muslims were supposed to be the springboard to changing the dynamic in the Muslim world. The dynamic has changed. Al Queda sensed Obama's weakness and is exploiting it.

To paraphrase Obama's mentor Reverend Wright: Obama's chickens are coming home to roost!

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