Obama: al Queda STILL on the run?
With the unprecedented closure of American embassies throughout the Arab world you might think that Obama would back off his campaign slogan that al Queda is on the run. But not really. On August 5th White House Press Secretary Jay Carney repeatedly said that there is "no question" al Queda is on the run but modifies the statement by adding that he refers to "core" al Queda in Afghanistan/Pakistan (thank George W. Bush for most of that).
Not content to wait until the laughter died down, Obama himself got into the act later in the week with a press conference in which he repeated that "core al Qaeda has been decimated, that its leaders are on the run. "
The thought that "core" al Queda is decimated as Obama claims is shown to be false when we learned that it was Ayman al Zawahiri, #2 to Osama bin Laden and current director of "core al Queda", presiding over an online conference of 20 top al Queda terrorist leaders spread around the world. Here's an excerpt for the report by Eli Lake:
Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned that the discussion between the two al Qaeda leaders happened in a conference call that included the leaders or representatives of the top leadership of al Qaeda and its affiliates calling in from different locations, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence. All told, said one U.S. intelligence official, more than 20 al Qaeda operatives were on the call.
... Al Qaeda members included representatives or leaders from Nigeria’s Boko Haram, the Pakistani Taliban, al Qaeda in Iraq, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and more obscure al Qaeda affiliates such as the Uzbekistan branch. Also on the call were representatives of aspiring al Qaeda affiliates such as al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula, according to a U.S. intelligence official.The other top dog on that call with Zawahiri was Nasser al-Wuhayshi, bin Laden's former personal secretary. Wuhayshi founded al Queda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) along with 20 other terrorists who managed to escape from a Yemeni prison in 2006.
To say that "core" al Queda has been "decimated" and is "on the run" when it's leaders are directing operations all over the world is a false statement!
Al Queda Prison Breaks Swell Terrorist Ranks
The prison break in Yemen in 2006 which led to the establishment of AQAP, one of today's most active and dangerous al Queda branches, is a tactic which al Queda appears to be using more and more. In recent weeks al Queda has conducted seven prison breaks resulting in hundreds of experienced, hardened terrorists freed in Pakistan (where Obama claims he has decimated al Queda) to Iraq (where Obama has abandoned the country to it's fate) as well as Libya.
In a panel discussion on the topic of Obama's latest claim, Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes describes Obama's strategy as a "disconnect the dots" approach. Hayes goes on to recount direct "core al Queda" connections to a host of recent events including the attack on our compound in Benghazi last year.
With former U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice now installed as Obama's National Security Adviser it's only a matter of time before the surging terrorist threat is blamed on a You Tube video and any questions about what was or was not done to contain the situation will be deemed a "phony scandal." All in all, weakness, delusion and incompetence (not to mention a huge dose of political corruption) are combining in ways that will likely have deadly consequences. Don't say I didn't warn you!