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Kerry: 'Al-Qaeda Threat Is Real, It Is Getting Out of Hand'
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Posted on 02/03/2014 9:03:36 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Kerry: 'Al-Qaeda Threat Is Real, It Is Getting Out of Hand' Daniel Halper February 3, 2014 11:11 AM

Al Qaeda is not on the run. And John Kerry, according to a report in Bloomberg, is finally admitting it.

"[T]he al-Qaeda threat is real, it is getting out of hand,” Kerry told a delegation.

It's in stark contrast to President Obama's repeated claims. “A day after 9/11, we are reminded that a new tower rises above the New York skyline, but al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and bin Laden is dead,” Obama said in the run up to his reelection in 2012.

The Kerry comments were reported by Jeffrey Goldberg:

Kerry’s Sunday briefing was meant to be private, but the Senate’s two most prominent Syria hawks, Republicans John McCain -- the leader of the U.S. delegation to the security conference -- and Lindsey Graham provided a readout of the meeting to three journalists who flew with them on a delegation plane back to Washington: Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of The Washington Post, Josh Rogin, the Daily Beast's national security reporter, and me.

According to Graham, Kerry gave the clear impression that Syria is slipping out of control. He said Kerry told the delegation that, “the al-Qaeda threat is real, it is getting out of hand.” The secretary, he said, raised the threat of al-Qaeda unprompted. “He acknowledged that the chemical weapons (delivery) is being slow-rolled; the Russians continue to supply arms (and that) we are at a point now where we are going to have to change our strategy. He openly talked about supporting arming the rebels. He openly talked about forming a coalition against al-Qaeda because it’s a direct threat.”

"I would not characterize what he said as a plea for a new policy, but that, in light of recent, dramatic developments, the administration is exploring possible new directions," said one Democratic House member who was in the meeting. "He wasn't arguing so much that the administration needs a new policy but that the administration is considering a range of options based on recent developments."


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Well shazamm!
1 posted on 02/03/2014 9:03:36 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Someone’s not on the same page here.


2 posted on 02/03/2014 9:07:28 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Sub-Driver

No shite katsup boy....DUH


3 posted on 02/03/2014 9:07:41 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Sub-Driver
You mean Obama lied when he said Al Qaeda is on the run? I'm shocked!

NOT

4 posted on 02/03/2014 9:08:00 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Sub-Driver

“He openly talked about supporting arming the rebels.

It is my opinion that Obama has been doing this covertly since the beginning of the fighting in Syria.


5 posted on 02/03/2014 9:08:20 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He can’t be right, mac daddy said they were on the run an only the JV’s were involved and we all know that mac daddy would not lie to the American people - oh wait his lips were moving, never mind.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 9:09:03 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: Sub-Driver

No thanks at all to you and The Stain, Hanoi John.


7 posted on 02/03/2014 9:11:08 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Sub-Driver

New York just had an explosion in a manhole yesterday.

They also had one on Jan 6. I’m wondering what’s up with that. Is it terrorism? Seems no one has at all considered this.

http://www.heavy.com/news/2014/01/fire-at-51st-7th/


8 posted on 02/03/2014 9:12:31 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Sub-Driver

So bring our troops home and let them kill each other.


9 posted on 02/03/2014 9:13:35 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: ex-snook
So bring our troops home and let them kill each other.

You might consider rephrasing that...

10 posted on 02/03/2014 9:14:31 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well shazzam? Surprise , surprise


11 posted on 02/03/2014 9:14:41 AM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: Sub-Driver

Do you suppose 0bama will tell him to walk that back? We were told that Al-Qaeda is on the run. Obliterated or something along that line. Lost all their power. Splintered. Cannot remember the exact words used over and over.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 9:16:18 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: Sub-Driver

What happened to the meme, “al-Qaeda is finished”?

Back in March 2013 or so, this was the wonderful announcement coming from the Current Occupant squatting in the White Hut. But since then, Jean-Francois Kerre` has skillfully reconstituted and managed to get them back up to full fighting force, as they are now ably demonstrating in Syria and Iraq. The Levant is aflame, and a large part of that was fueled by failing to properly control their renaissance in Libya and Egypt, or if anything, the forces friendly to al-Qaeda, namely the Muslim Brotherhood, were actively encouraged for quite some time by the Current Occupant, supported in great extent by Herself, Madame Benghazi, the Cold & Joyless, and subsequently by this same Jean-Francois Kerre` referred to above, who, as you know, served in Viet Nam.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 9:17:45 AM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: Sub-Driver


14 posted on 02/03/2014 9:17:57 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences." - Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: fatnotlazy

He can’t be lying.

OReilley proclaimed his heart is in the right place.


15 posted on 02/03/2014 9:21:07 AM PST by stanne
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To: Sub-Driver
"The al-Qaeda threat is real, it is getting out of hand,” Kerry told a delegation.

Oh really, John, is it in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan? Get real, John, they're just doing their job. Think of it as workplace violence.

16 posted on 02/03/2014 9:22:36 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey Captain Obvious,

Glad your brain workouts have improved your IQ, lurch.

Now, keep it up and strive for “cretin” level, you useless gigolo.


17 posted on 02/03/2014 9:22:44 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver

His boss said AQ was done in long ago. Which one is lying?


18 posted on 02/03/2014 9:22:50 AM PST by bgill
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To: Sub-Driver

Wasn’t it John effin Kerry that implied “terrorism” is something we need to get used too ? a nuisance ?


19 posted on 02/03/2014 9:23:16 AM PST by Zeneta
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To: Sub-Driver
Wait till Obama reads the news....

Wait till Michelle reads the news

20 posted on 02/03/2014 9:24:09 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Beowulf9
These things happen in these sewers.

Terrorists mean to kill.....

21 posted on 02/03/2014 9:25:07 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: fatnotlazy
You mean Obama lied when he said Al Qaeda is on the run?

It's so hard to believe he would lie to us... like you I'm shocked. /s

22 posted on 02/03/2014 9:25:26 AM PST by GOPJ (The Nation's divided between those who are to be fooled and those who do the fooling.Greenfield)
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To: Sub-Driver
.... The Prez with a Fez has described al Qaeda as having been “decimated,” “on the path to defeat” or some other variation at least 40 times since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi .... so is it safe to assume that he was wrong or lying?

....... Naw ..... he will maintain that he either never said those things or that his statements were horribly misrepresented by Fox News.

23 posted on 02/03/2014 9:25:29 AM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: Sub-Driver
This one's so old, Obama's not even in it. But everything old is new again!


24 posted on 02/03/2014 9:26:22 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Kerry just happened to say this today for some reason. By tomorrow, he’ll probably be saying that he and Barry have vanquished al Qaeda. Or that we need to make a deal with them. And he won’t even suspect that there’s some kind of contradiction.

Nor will the press.


25 posted on 02/03/2014 9:34:08 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

LOL- isn’t this the same POS who said terrorism was a “nuisance” when he ran for POTUS in 2004???


26 posted on 02/03/2014 9:34:58 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Kerry needs to check with Hussein every morning to see what the truth is for that day. It appears he has told the actual truth this time, and one can’t do that with Hussein making truth different every day.


27 posted on 02/03/2014 9:35:30 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: fatnotlazy
You mean Obama lied when he said Al Qaeda is on the run? I'm shocked!

Al Qaeda is on the run...............TOWARDS US!.....................

28 posted on 02/03/2014 9:35:48 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Sub-Driver

Wait a minute. I thought they were our freedom fighter friends in Syria?


29 posted on 02/03/2014 9:38:55 AM PST by McGruff (I'm a Conservative. Not necessarily a Republican.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Well this is certainly . . .

" Unexpected . . .

30 posted on 02/03/2014 9:40:04 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They were on the run before they weren’t


31 posted on 02/03/2014 9:46:07 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Sub-Driver

They why has Clinton-Kerry and Obama given al Qaeda
MANPADs, and then SAMs, and then sarin?

Why?


32 posted on 02/03/2014 9:46:09 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: dead

Alexandra Kerry is doing a neat trick in that one!


33 posted on 02/03/2014 9:52:18 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Wait a minute. The last we heard, Al Qaeda was on the run and bin Laden was dead!

Is that wascally George W. Bush back in office again, scaring us into more war and using more made-up intelligence?

34 posted on 02/03/2014 9:58:23 AM PST by Gritty (Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out! - David Horowitz)
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To: Sub-Driver


35 posted on 02/03/2014 10:06:44 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences." - Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: Sub-Driver

What a day!
I’m now qualified to play in the NFL AND be Sec of State.


36 posted on 02/03/2014 10:25:27 AM PST by Zathras
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To: Izzy Dunne

And Carville is apparently showing his appreciation!


37 posted on 02/03/2014 10:53:24 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
Love that pic. ...John Kerry's daughter makes me LOL!!!

Glad Looter-Guy made the cut.

38 posted on 02/03/2014 11:10:17 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Blood of Tyrants

We have seen the enemy; it is the current administration.


39 posted on 02/03/2014 11:10:19 AM PST by toolman1401
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To: atc23

They will never let a crisis go to waste; even if they made it.


40 posted on 02/03/2014 11:11:30 AM PST by toolman1401
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To: Sub-Driver

Thanks F’ing!!! For your supreme mastery of the obvious,


41 posted on 02/03/2014 11:12:53 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Sub-Driver
I hope they don't decide to get more of our soldiers killed for.the sake of
sinking poll numbers.
Most likely it will be held up as a reason to quell concerns about the NSA
and its over reach.
42 posted on 02/03/2014 11:20:49 AM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Well, John, why is that. Your boss, Barack the Dear Leader, thinks Al-Qaeda are our allies. Didn't you get the memo?
43 posted on 02/03/2014 12:17:30 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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