Skip to comments.Obama Lost the War on Al Qaeda, While Claiming to Have Won It
Posted on 05/20/2014 6:35:32 PM PDT by Dqban22
Obama Lost the War on Al Qaeda, While Claiming to Have Won It
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 20, 2014 @ 12:44 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 38 Comments
Last year Obama delivered his own Mission Accomplished speech at the National Defense University. Its broad theme was that the War on Terror was over; it was time to shut down Guantanamo Bay and stand down from a war footing.
Obama claimed credit for putting the core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan on the path to defeat with his disastrous Afghan strategy which cost 1,600 American lives while letting the Taliban take over the country. He did not acknowledge that the so-called core Al Qaeda had stopped being relevant even before he was elected.
1,600 Americans died chasing a political slogan that existed only in the heads of his speechwriters.
In 2009, the CIA determined that there were at most 100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Next year his own CIA director admitted that there were at most 50-100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
That same year 499 Americans were killed in Afghanistan.
Obama had declared victory against an enemy that the United States wasnt fighting while losing a war to an enemy that the United States was fighting.
Meanwhile his own people were telling him that Al Qaeda had not been defeated.
National Intelligence Director James Clapper said, in response to a question about whether Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, No. It is morphing and franchising itself, not only here but in other areas of the world.
They are not, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn added.
These two men were not telling the Senate Armed Services committee anything they had not already told Obama. But their boss was choosing not to listen.
By narrowly defining Al Qaeda as a small number of leaders and fighters in pre-existing war zones in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, he and his White House staffers were making it easier to claim victory while ignoring the threat from expanding groups such as Boko Haram and Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.
Obamas policy snapshot of Al Qaeda in which Osama bin Laden was still a menace and Al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan were the biggest threat to America was a decade out of date.
In his Mission Accomplished speech, Obama said that the core of Al Qaeda was no longer a threat.They did not direct the attacks in Benghazi or Boston.
Al Qaedas core might not have directed either attack, though its possible it did, but both attacks emerged from its strategy of building up local franchises and training lone wolf attackers over the internet.
What Obama was celebrating as proof of his victory over Al Qaeda actually reflected his failure to understand and prepare for Al Qaedas next move.
He was using the fact that Al Qaeda had outmaneuvered him twice, and carried out devastating attacks, as proof that he had defeated Al Qaeda and that we no longer had to worry about Al Qaeda.
THE WHOLE HISTORY
Just like the Palestinians.
Bammy and the Muzzie Broz are Blood Brothers.
Half assed measures will give you half assed results. The military said they needed AT LEAST 40,000 troops for Afghanistan. Obama settled on 30,000 and at the same time announced when they would leave. His stupidity has emboldened al Queda and cost hundreds of American lives.
Lost hell, he took over for Bin Laden.
What we are going to have to worry about is
Al Quida in the Americas.
As long as the MSM gives him a pass he can spin it just like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
Active Duty ping.
Obama didn’t lose the war, he surrendered.
Reality is what Barky WANTS it to be, and as far as he’s concerned, if he wills it, it will be.
The best examples include the fact that islamic terrorism has spread from the middle east and eastern Asia, through North Africa, into central Africa. islamic terrorism may now be more expansive than any time in history.
Another terrific example is how Barky stated that Putin was re-living the “Cold War” while Putin was annexing The Ukraine. He was disappointed with Putin. I’m sure Putin was just heartbroken, and really feels bad that he disappointed Barky.
Barky is delusional, and I have to believe that he’s simply mentally disturbed.