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I thought our President told us al Qaeda was all but defeated?!

Well this has to be embarrassing:

A State Department travel alert Friday said al Qaeda may launch attacks in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, as the United States is closing 21 embassies and consulates Sunday as a precaution.

“Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” said the alert, which covers the entire month.

It warned that “terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests.”

A separate State Department list showed the 21 embassies and consulates that will close on Sunday, normally the start of the work week in the countries affected.

Recall, in 2012, our fearless “leader” told us this, numerous times (in fact, about 32 times):

On Sept. 13 in Golden, Colo., Obama said, “Four years ago, I promised to end the war in Iraq — and we did. I said we’d wind down the war in Afghanistan — and we are. And while a new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama bin Laden is dead.” He repeated that line again on Sept. 17 in Cincinnati and again that day in Columbus, Ohio.

It is one of the reasons Benghazi is so “inconvenient” and they chose to invest in a lie.  Now this.

Party on.


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44 Responses to I thought our President told us al Qaeda was all but defeated?!

  • I’m trying to figure the actual scale of the threat.

    On one hand, it could be so large, that they don’t think they could sweep it under the rug or blame a filmmaker. 

    On the other hand, it could be nothing, but to appear in command of the situation we scurry throughout the entirety of the Muslim World like scared rabbits.  I’m a little scared of the latter.  Imagine being able to make the US jump with little more than a crank phone call.  A little false chatter is cheaper and low risk than an actual attack.  

    • Considering they were taken by surprise by attacks on the anniversary of 9/11, I guess this is an improvement, of sorts.
      Probably not doing any odd arms sale bargains this weekend to buy MANPADs back from people who we definitely don’t want to have them, maybe no plans to swap an ambassador for a radical sheik in US custody.
      Besides that film maker has been in jail for a while, so we can’t blame him.   It IS a quandary, no?

      • Just for Joe’s edification, the manpad allegations are reasonable, but rumors, and the ambassador swap….probably just crazy talk, I have no proof.
        I would like it to be noted that I’d heard the Lewinsky rumor about 3 months before it became massive media fodder and proved to be true, but at the time I said that was just crazy talk.
        But they sure were doing something that night in Benghazi when the pooch got screwed and they are covering it up.

  • Uh, see, that was BEFORE the election.   Romney and the Republicans and the sequester caused them to make a huge comeback and now Barack is having to start all over again.
    Poor Obama, he does all the right things and the world works against him.
    Another version, is that Obama lies all the time, and that’s why things are never as he says they are.   Course we know that’s just crazy talk don’t we.

  • And odd how the scandaless (I know, I spelled that wrong, it should be scandalous …but let’s pretend) President and his administration have to change the name of CIA employees to keep them hidden from Congress.   That’s SOP I’m sure.
    It’s all a perfectly normal day in Liberal bizzaro world.

  • Geez, the derangement here is at ridiculous levels.
    How many terrorists does it take to launch an attack, somewhere, anywhere in the world?
    The existence of an attack, or the threat of an attack, is in no way necessarily inconsistent with a severe degradation of al-Q’s capacities.
    Anyone with at least half a brain would know that. So, whats up with you guys?

      • Which half of your brain didn’t know that?

        • The part that doesn’t speak “Engrish”.

          • I was thinking maybe the part of him that didn’t read the Reuter’s article might have read the link to the CNN article, and maybe they weren’t in sync.
            I know, I know, we invented those articles, and the people who wrote them, and the people who were interviewed for them.  Part of our derangement.  We invent all this stuff.  We lie.

          • English

      • That’s on busy ‘lone actor’ that we have to close embassies across 4-5 different countries.

    • Now, THERE is some COSTCO scale delusion…!!!
      Somebody talking about “A” terrorist attack…???

    • The half of my brain that tells me Barry is groping (like a drowning man) for a distraction from all the scandals closing in on him from every angle… Ain’t gonna work.
      The other half of my brain says BS on this phony alert, unless terrorists have promised to attack only on Sundays 🙂

  • McQ I’m just going to ask you straight out. Are you trying to keep a “phoney scandel” alive?

    • “phoney scandal”

      • Phony scandal. (third time is the charm).

        • Thank heaven you didn’t spell it right till the third time, otherwise the image of James Carney magically inserts itself after the third iteration, takes control of your audio and video and talks down to you for 40 minutes about distractions and phony scandals.

  • al Qaeda is on the run … in the direction of US embassies.

  • There is a balancing act in these asymmetric conflicts.

    Because there is no signing of the treaty to end the war, or whatever, getting to zero hostilities can take decades.

    Yet you do want to note when major progress has been made, or it looks like the conflict was all for nothing and will always be as bad as it was at the beginning.

    When Bush hasdthe “mission accomplished” photo op, his speech actually noted that there was a long way to go in Iraq. His leftist opponents conveniently ignored that, and heaped ridicule on him for years over one picture.

    So I’m not too upset that Obama is getting pounded over the variance between what he said last year and current potential threats. Sauce for the goose, etc.

    His biggest problem in this entire space is that he is incapable of simply telling the truth. He’s the first post-modern president – I don’t think he even believes in objective truth. It’s all about what he can sell to his base, which includes the media. What he needs to sell, and how well it corresponds with reality, varies with time.

    His base understands and shares that idea of “whatever we need to sell to the rubes right now”. So he pays no price with them for doing it. Therefore he keeps doing it, and will the rest of his life, I think. He certainly won’t get *more* flack over his BS when he leaves office.

    • So, in other words, you are not too upset that the wingnuts here are being every bit as dishonest and unfair as their political opponents were.

      • Where did we lie?

        • To him, disagree with the narrative = lie!
          I think the term-post modern over complicates what is going on with these people.  I prefer something more akin to the ‘shame based society’ and ‘guilt based society’.  In this case, the broader terms of ‘perception base reality’ vs ‘truth based reality’ are more applicable.  These people are ‘perception based’ and what is important is what people commonly believe, truth be damned.  And anything that threatens the particular perception they are attempting to be established is a ‘lie’.
          These folks are ultimately offspring of Stalinists, many generations and offshoots removed, with the core that propaganda is a major tool.  Generation after generation, being mired in propaganda have transformed these people into being perception based.  Its just how business is done.  Its how they are wired.

      • No. In other words, you fail at reading for comprehension.

        But, to help with your cognitive impairment, I’ll say it in shorter words.

        Bush tried a nuanced approach to explain progress in Iraq, and got crucified by the left because of the banner behind him.

        Obama kept switching the message to whatever sounded good at the time, regardless of whether it matched reality. Given Bush’s treatment, it doesn’t bother me that Obama does not get the benefit of the doubt.

        It might help your comprehension if you realize that I don’t even like Bush. He was one of the worst presidents on domestic policy in my lifetime, though Obama passed him on that scale about year two, I admit.

        • Eh, in my lifetime LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Obama and Clinton were all worse on domestic policy then Bush. Ford and elder Bush are not much better. Only Reagan is signficantly better.

          • I’ll give you LBJ and Nixon, but I challenge that Carter and Clinton were worse than GWB. Carter deregulated transportation, leading to one of the few areas of free market progress in my life. Clinton got hamstrung by a GOP Congress after the failure of HillaryCare, and ended up signing welfare reform and NAFTA.

            Oh, they both talked a good game for their base, but in terms of results on the domestic side, I rank W worse than either one. It’s not an accident that spending increases were higher (percentage wise) under W than under Clinton. No excuse for it either, because the GOP controlled Congress six of those eight years, just as they controlled Congress six of eight when Clinton was in office.

  • Mark Levin on Explosive CNN Benghazi Report: “It’s Iran-Contra Times a Thousand”

  • If the GOP would stop obstructing Obama with phony scandals… fill in the rest.

  • Obama continues to be surprised when his words fail to budge reality. I think Michael Wade or McQ first noted that the chief problem with Obama is that he truly believes that he can conjure reality simply through his statements. “al-Qaeda is all but defeated”, “Syria will not use chemical weapons”, “I am competent!”.  This man is a complete fraud. And quite possibly completely deluded.

  • Joe Citizen:  Erb, is that you?!?!

  • “Al Qeada is alive and Detroit is dead”

    • This is the logical extension from the two now obviously false statements … “Al Qaeda is dead” and “Detroit is alive”

      • Except it was “bin Ladin is dead…”  Which he still is.  So there’s that…
        How many scores of wanna “bin” Ladins are qued up is another matter.

  • “Of course, we’ll keep pressing on other key priorities, like reducing gun violence, rebalancing our fight against al Qaeda, combating climate change, and standing up for civil rights and women’s rights.”
    McCormack asked, “what does ‘rebalancing our fight against al Qaeda’ mean? It’s a phrase Obama hasn’t used before.”
    The administration hasn’t answered McCormack’s question. In light of al Qaeda’s resurgence in Iraq, our withdrawal from Afghanistan, our fecklessness with respect to Syria, Libya, and elsewhere–and now the travel alert warning about the “potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa” and Sunday’s closing of 22 embassies across the Muslim world–the answer is becoming depressingly clear: Rebalance is a euphemism for retreat.
    Al Qaeda’s not on the run. We are.
    Yeeeup. Obama made it worse.

    • I don’t know, maybe they should focus on background checks before people can buy cars.   Establish “Car Free” zones, like, say, sidewalks in California.
      That’s important, not these, these, phony scandals!

  • I like suffering through a really, really bad magician act where he flubs every trick.