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In a week Obama magically reduces al Qaeda to only hurling insults
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, January 25, 2009

I get a hoot out of things like this. Matt Yglesias:
For years now, liberals have had to put up with basic points about the value of not doing stuff that’s hugely unpopular around the world caricatured as the idea that if we just act nicer, al-Qaeda leaders will lay down their arms. The reality, as Joby Warrick reports for The Washington Post is that when American leadership is popular and respect, al-Qaeda keeps on keeping on. But they have a much harder time getting anyone to follow them:
The torrent of hateful words is part of what terrorism experts now believe is a deliberate, even desperate, propaganda campaign against a president who appears to have gotten under al-Qaeda’s skin. The departure of George W. Bush deprived al-Qaeda of a polarizing American leader who reliably drove recruits and donations to the terrorist group.

With Obama, al-Qaeda faces an entirely new challenge, experts say: a U.S. president who campaigned to end the Iraq war and to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and who polls show is well liked throughout the Muslim world.
Although we're constantly reminded that Obama has only been at this a week, and we should give him a chance, apparently a week is all that is necessary to watch al Qaeda fall apart.

Prattling on, Yglesias says:
The post quotes Paul Pillar, formerly a CIA counterterrorism analyst, as saying that “For al-Qaeda, as a matter of image and tone, George W. Bush had been a near-perfect foil.” With Obama, things are different. Or, more to the point, with Obama we get a chance to make things different. Absent the right policies, Obama’s appeal will fade. But moving back toward the rule of law, and appointing George Mitchell were steps in the right direction. Moving forward with plans to take our troops out of Iraq will do more.
Obama's appeal has nothing to do one way or the other with the part of the Muslim world from which the Islamic militants recruit their fighters and suicide bombers. Most of them won't know or care who the US president is or what he stands for. They don't care about the rule of law. And the only reason necessary to hate him is the fact he is President of the US. Remember, the 9/11 attackers weren't recruited, trained and deployed after George Bush became president, they were from Clinton's era.

Despite the Yglesias strawman, the reason that al Qaeda has been reduced to shouting insults is they have had their asses kicked for 7 years and have absolutely notihng to show for it. It's not because of a week of Obama that they're reduced to that - its because of that so-called "perfect foil" George Bush and the 24/7 war he waged against them that they're reduced to sitting in caves and shouting their insults.
 
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He’s so magical, where’s Bin Laden in that case?

He’s so magical, I see that his missle strikes have killed several innocents. What a blood thirsty warmonger.

I see he’s going to keep the fight up in Afghanistan. Can I assume he’ll sign his daughters up to fight?
 
Written By: shark
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So liberals are idiots and the CIA is full of sh1t. What else is new. :)
 
Written By: capt joe
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Don’t you get it? Successes belong to Obama. Failures are Bush’s fault.
 
Written By: the wolf
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Don’t you get it? Successes belong to Obama. Failures are Bush’s fault.


definitely, now is unicorn time and pretty pones and gumdrops form the sky
 
Written By: capt joe
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Yep...that’s it! All we needed to do was The Clown™, and al Qaeda would simply go away. They would vanish! George W. Bush fighting them? Of course not! We needed to get nice with people who want to murder us.

And, this just in from 1943: Adolf Hitler says if we would only be nice to him, he would stop fighting on all fronts and would halt gassing the Jews.

How nice. As Frank Burns (isn’t he The Clown’s™ Surgeon General?) once said:

"It’s nice to be nice to the nice."

Yep. We have to be nice to our enemies for now on - that’s how we defeat them. After all, it is the Obama Way.
 
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Even for these spineless morons, this is sad. Bush spoke Al Queda’s language and for that he was feared by Al Queda. McQ nails it here:

"they have had their asses kicked for 7 years and have absolutely notihng to show for it."

I’m sure Al Queda gives a shyt about President Happy Unicorn Fart. It may be a frustrating 4 years indeed.
 
Written By: RFN
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But, hey we will send them copies of the magic Obama book from Amazon and they will give up.
 
Written By: capt joe
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appointing George Mitchell were steps in the right direction
Having Mitchell come back for a repeat 8 years later seems more to be linked to a "fit of insanity" than anything new.
 
Written By: Neo
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I’m sure Al Queda gives a shyt about President Happy Unicorn Fart. It may be a frustrating 4 years indeed.
Perhaps Obama can talk them into submission.
 
Written By: Neo
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This should be an interesting experiment. Should all AQI terrorism cease, liberalism will have validated some claims that Bush was the cause of global hatred (which many historians will acknowledge represents one of the greatest efficiencies in Federal Government history given that Bin Laden was planning his assault years before Bush’s ascent).

However, should we have a single AQI or related terrorist event, liberalism’s claim to moral legitimacy ceases to exist. No serious scholar would be able to touch it.

Only the future will tell...

 
Written By: HatlessHessian
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Would this be considered torture ?
 
Written By: Neo
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"appointing George Mitchell were steps in the right direction"

I saw his little acceptance speech on television. He has already made his excuses for failure.
 
Written By: timactual
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The departure of George W. Bush deprived al-Qaeda of a polarizing American leader who reliably drove recruits and donations to the terrorist group.
Wow. The American left sure knows how to project . . .
 
Written By: Don
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It only took Truman a couple of weeks to encourage Hitler to commit suicide. Nothing that happened in the preceding six years had anything to do with it.
 
Written By: TheOldMan
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gumdrops form the sky
If you’re a white male, CJ, you’d best not get too attached to those gumdrops.
 
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