Earth to Obama: al-Qaida is bigger than ever

In the run up to the 2012 election, President Obama proclaimed, “al-Qaida is on the run and decimated.” When the terrorist group showed its resilience and resurgence the new line from the Obama administration was, “Core al-Qaida has been defeated and decimated.” You really have to marvel at the liberal progressive ability to redefine the problem — in essence deny it — by changing the language. But that does not change the facts.

Al-Qaida is alive and well, and bigger than ever.

Of course you’ll never hear this from President Obama or his administration, but you will from the Washington Free Beacon:

A panel of terrorism and national security experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said Wednesday that al-Qaida’s brand is the strongest it has ever been, contrary to administration claims. Bruce Hoffman, the director of the Center for Security Studies, said that the terrorist group has become more dangerous and has a larger international presence than eight years ago. “You no longer have one big threat in one place with one clear leader, but many threats in a variety of places,” Hoffman said.

My greatest angst about our national security strategy is that we have so narrowly defined Islamic totalitarianism and its militant terrorist wing to the point that not only has al-Qaida grown, but Islamic jihadism overall.

Just by itself, al-Qaida currently controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the Middle East, according to CNN.

President Obama tries to dismiss the issue of Islamic terrorism, recently comparing the groups in Iraq and Syria to a low-level junior varsity (JV) basketball team. In fact, he has never truly acknowledged it.

And don’t forget complicit New York Times reporter, David Kirkpatrick, who dismissed Islamic terror group, Ansar-al-Sharia, as not being al-Qaida so why be worried? After al-Qaida’s current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released a propaganda video in January of this year telling Syrian insurgents to band together, the State Department said al Zawahiri was the only al-Qaida core leader left and he spent “more time worrying about his own personal security than propaganda.”

But Hoffman disputes the assertion of the State Department,

“While al-Qaida’s central leadership has suffered significant losses, al Zawahiri has still managed to maintain influence among affiliates and facilitated the expansion of the al-Qaida network, Hoffman said. “I think he’s actually achieved the impossible, he’s held the movement together now for three years at a time that it is splintering,” he said. “Al-Qaida is in more places today than it was before al Zawahiri took control.”

I believe we try to color al-Qaida and Islamic terrorism in a light that fits our assessments, instead of seeing and understanding them as they are. First of all, we fail to recognize the Islamists ideology and its deep roots in Islam and secondly we misread events such as the “Arab Spring” and end up supporting a group like the Muslim Brotherhood — not to mention embracing Muslim Brotherhood members in this Obama administration.

We seem unable to comprehend their overall strategic objectives.

The fact that a group is not targeting the U.S. at a particular point doesn’t mean they’re not al-Qaida, said senior Foundation for Defense of Democracies fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross. “Al-Qaida is both an idea and an organization. … Its key goal is not just to target the United States.

Unfortunately, this is a bipartisan issue and my greatest fear is that we have too many on both sides of the aisle who, because of political correctness, abject ignorance, or deadly alliance, do not face this clear and present danger.

They all ought to read Erick Stakelbeck’s book, The Brotherhood, America’s Next Great Enemy.

36 COMMENTS

  1. This administration seems to embrace terrorist. There was a time in America when we did not negotiate with terrorist but Obama has done it many times. We should all be afraid for our safety.

    • 35 terrorist
      camps?
      My god, you people are paranoid beyond belief.
      And as for us NEVER negotiating with terrorists? Sorry, but history is full of examples of us doing just that. That is how wars end, and treaties are signed. Do any of you know ANYTHING about American history before the 1980s?

  2. Is there anyone in Congress who sees this threat for what it is? We are in trouble and I for one am scared to death! Thank you for making this threat clear. I hope someone wakes up. But it won’t be Obama.

    • Dear fan, those who are in the senate and the house that do understand this are mostly Tea Party sympathizers. The Tea Party has been vilified by the press and the congressional establishment to the point that if their affiliation is noted, as being Tea Partiers, they are immediately discredited by a lot of real Conservative Americans as being TOO radical. If they, the Tea Party, can get their message across they might very well be embraced by the voting populace and shown to be true patriots who have nothing but the best of America as it’s prime interest. Yes, there are those in the senate, but are not allowed to see the light of day because of the leadership, or lack of, by the dominate party therein. Within the house, again, the leadership will not lend them credit as to being a valid source of thought or patriotism. Ergo, they are likewise censored in the house. We must let our representatives know, without any doubting, that the Tea Party, or at least the major points of their platform, are what “We the people . . .” are wanting . . . . .

      • They do not respond to letters, faxes and phone calls from the People, why would they respond about the Tea Party?

  3. Obama
    does not see the Muslim Brotherhood, and it’s various military arms such as Al
    Quiada, PLO, Islamic Jihad, etc, etc for a simple reason; he was raised a
    Muslim.

    Obama
    has surrounded himself with people sympathetic to Islam and to the Muslim
    Brotherhood. Here’s an interesting look at some of those people: http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/09/valerie-jarrett-the-next-van-jones/

    Obama’s half
    brother Roy, who has been in the White House multiple times, is a high ranking
    member of the Muslim Brotherhood and has been active in Syria moving large sums
    of money through the Muslim Brotherhood. There is a report that the Egyptian
    government has an arrest warrant for Roy Obama, who is also known by at least
    three other names, in connection with his acting as pay master for the Muslim
    Brotherhood.

  4. We need to quit calling Obama and this administration, “incompetent” and read between the lines when they speak and closely observe their actions.
    These are not mistakes or failures, Obama is doing exactly what he set out to do right from the start. Now, don’t get me wrong, some really do think they are doing the right thing by appeasing to Islamists but others have a clear intention on destroying this nation.

    • Absolutely..I agree with you…Obama is accomplishing exactly what he set out to do…He is part of the Muslim Brotherhood…But no one wants to believe that…They have forgotten the holocaust and “NEVER AGAIN” !!!

  5. And now with the announcement of the Obama administration’s sop on letting terrorist sympathizers become American citizens, the democrat vision of the destruction of America is another step closer. Combine that with open borders and amnesty for all, and the democrats obsession with spending taxpayer money, its a matter of time which will destroy us faster. They are all traitors, and need to be voted out of office. Iraq has all but fallen to al qaida hands, more terror attack have happened now, then ever before, just on a smaller scale. When are people going to wake up and take our country back?

    • He has been bringing people through our Borders and under the radar for a while. By the time we vote, if there is an election, it will be too late. This Administration and the Senate has done so much damage already, that this is icing on the cake, while they finish there plan taking over “Our Country.”

      Why is our Military not arresting him and everyone else in his Administration and others?

  6. Allen, we better be careful for what we wish. Obama is planning on using drones on unsuspecting al-Qaeda members INSIDE AMERICAN TERRITORY. It sounds like there are plenty of “American-al-Qaeda” enemies that need to be shot down inside our borders [his American political enemies and detractors, like us]? Just wonder how hairy things are really going to get before the proverbial mud hits the fan!!

  7. Well, in all fairness, Decimated doesn’t mean destroyed, just that 1/10th of the organization was removed. Decimation really doesn’t do much.

  8. I believe that law abiding citizens are just not doing enough.Eric Holder is now making law just like Obama.If something isn’t done soon America will become a third world style Islamic nation.

  9. Wonder id anyone in DC’s noticed that everywhere in the Mid East or Africa where the Muslim Brotherhood goes, some branch of al Qaeda’s sure to follow? The Egyptians no longer pretend there’s a difference, as far as they’re concerned, the Brotherhood created al Qaeda, therefore al Qaeda’s part of the Muslim Brotherhood.. They point out all the major al Qaeda leaders came from the Brotherhood.

    More interesting. both Hillary Clinton and especially Barack Obama have close ties to the Brotherhood.

    Malik Obama, the President’s half brother has been a regular visitor to the White House. He got special treatment from Lois Lerner at the IRS when he set up a tax exempt foundation. He is wanted in Egypt on charges related to Islamic terrorism and laundering money for the Muslim Brotherhood..

    For the last several months there have been persistent rumors that Egypt plans on indicting Clinton and the President for knowingly financing the burning and sacking of 85 Christian Churches and the murder of 100’s of Christians..

    We know Obama’s “Good” Rebels in Syria are spending a great deal of the money and ammunition American Tax Payers are sending them killing Christians.. In fact Raymond Ibrahim just reported That under Obama: the U.S. is the Chief Facilitator of Christian Persecution in the world

    • GRUMPY, I DO NOT DOUBT THIS FOR ONE MINUTE, THINGS ARE TAKING PLACE WITH NO RHYME OR REASON THAT THEY SHOULD, OBAMA IS A MUSLIM AND HILLARY CLINTON IS A TURNCOAT, NEITHER DO I TRUST. NOR ANY ONE IN THAT WHITEHOUSE THAT CALLS THEMSELVES DEMOCRATS.MUSLIMS DO NOT CARE FOR CHRISTIANS, SO I FEAR ONE DAY THERE WILL BE A FACIMILE OF THE SHARIA LAWS HERE, THAT IS IF THIS TRANSITION DOES NOT STOP THESE PEOLE FROM COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY.AND WITH THREE MORE YEARS OF THE SAME ,I HOLD NO HOPE THAT WE WILL NOT SEE ANY LESS MUSLIMS COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY. WHERE IS OUR LAWS,THAT FOREIGNERS HAVE TO GO THROUGH CUSTOMS AND BECOME A CITIZEN BEFORE BEING HERE IN AMERICA. THIS IS BEFUDDLING THAT OUR LAWS ARE BEING IGNORED BY NO LESS THEN OUR PRESIDENT, WHO HAS SWORN TO UP HOLD THE LAWS OF THE LAND, HE SURE DOES “NOT’. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HUNG FOR LESS.

  10. I firmly believe he is a member of the Muslim brotherhood and is cheering for Al Qaeda….In fact I believe he supports them in any way he can…I hope I’m wrong….but connect the dots and that’s where it points !!!!

    • You are not wrong, actions speak louder than words, 1)Support for rebels in Syria 2) Support for Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt 3) over throw of Momar Qaddafi and turning the country over to islamists 4) Benghazi was all about gun running from Libya to Syria’s rebels before it became legal. 5) recent relaxation of immigration rules for Syrian people with ties to terrorism. 6) letting the Saudi go who was involved in the Boston bombing. how much more evidence does anyone need?

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