WaPo columnist: I hear that the Libyan underground is talking about a “global intifada”

posted at 4:41 pm on October 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

David Ignatius flags this as one of the many, many foreign-policy topics that the Foreign Policy President won’t be mentioning before election day. To which I say: Don’t sell Obama short. He surely won’t mention it after election day either.

Bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is alive:

[T]hough Obama was eloquent in his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday in eulogizing Christopher Stevens, America’s brave ambassador to Libya, the administration has been reluctant to talk about resurgent al-Qaeda operations in that country. One senses a desire to keep the lid on this explosive subject in the State Department’s effort to suppress CNN’s reporting of Stevens’s private diary, along with a commendable effort to protect the family’s privacy.

I’m told that the talk in the Libyan underground is about a “global intifada,” like what the new al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been preaching for the past five years. But ask U.S. officials about that subject, and you get a “no comment.”

To be blunt: The administration has a lot invested in the public impression that al-Qaeda was vanquished when Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011. Obama would lose some of that luster if the public examined whether al-Qaeda is adopting a new, Zawahiri-led strategy of interweaving its operations with the unrest sweeping the Arab world. But this discussion is needed, and a responsible president should lead it, even during a presidential campaign.

I’m thinking the “global intifada” chatter probably didn’t begin just within the past three weeks, as eastern Libya has been churning out all-star jihadis for years. Did the CIA and State have reason to know about the local mujahedeen’s ambitions and decide nevertheless that AQ’s nearest target — Chris Stevens — could manage without extra security? It … looks that way, yeah. More from Eli Lake on what the CIA knew and possibly declined to mention:

Unclassified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency suggest the answer may have to do with so-called talking points written by the CIA and distributed to members of Congress and other government officials, including Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The documents, distributed three days after the attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, said the events were spontaneous

The intelligence that helped inform those talking points—and what the U.S. public would ultimately be told—came in part from an intercept of a phone call between one of the alleged attackers and a middle manager from al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the group’s north African affiliate, according to U.S. officials familiar with the intercept. In the call, the alleged attacker said the locals went forward with the attack only after watching the riots that same day at the U.S. embassy in Cairo.

However, the intercept was one of several monitored communications during and after the attacks between members of a local militia called Ansar al-Sharia and AQIM, which, taken together, suggest the assault was in fact a premeditated terrorist attack, according to U.S. intelligence and counter-terrorism officials not authorized to talk to the press.

Why’d the CIA cherry-pick one phone call as evidence of a spontaneous attack when other evidence, including communications with the local AQ affiliate, suggested something planned? Good question. U.S. intel obviously has an institutional interest in not being seen as falling down on the job; an attack that arose organically from a group of protesters can be spun as undetectable and unforeseeable, an attack that was organized in advance not so much. The White House obviously has the same interests, particularly with election day bearing down, so maybe what have we here is a simple case of telling the boss what he wants to hear. Or maybe it’s not so simple: Remember, according to some reports, U.S. intel knew within 24 hours that this was a premeditated attack, and yet the White House ran with the “spontaneous” protest narrative for days afterward. Could be that the CIA document pointing to a spontaneous attack was a very preliminary assessment that was quickly revised, but that it’s now being leaked by the administration to try to convince the media that they only repeated what the CIA told them. They might be trying to scapegoat U.S. intel, in other words, even though intelligence reportedly knew what really happened within a day of the attack — and conveyed their concerns to the White House.

Here’s American Crossroads’ salute to the Foreign Policy President.


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I suspect there will soon be a shortage of virgins…

PatriotRider on October 1, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Bigger bus needed

koaiko on October 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I’m told that the talk in the Libyan underground is about a “global intifada,” like what the new al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been preaching for the past five years. But ask U.S. officials about that subject, and you get a “no comment.”

Can you people just cut the poor Preezy a break? Have you seen his busy schedule and you expect him to deal with this too?

dirtseller on October 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I cannot believe that the military is not calling out jugears on the destruction of our country. However, I think that the powers to be within the DOD have been compromised and we will not see any type of backlash or coup , despite the fact that they take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, not an administration or president.

retiredeagle on October 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

This ranks right up there with a dude saying, “Hold my beer and watch this!” on the list of Worst Ideas Ever.

Bishop on October 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I’m told that the talk in the Libyan underground is about a “global intifada,” like what the new al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been preaching for the past five years. But ask U.S. officials about that subject, and you get a “no comment.”

Can you people just cut the poor Preezy a break? Have you seen his busy schedule and you expect him to deal with this too?

(Not quite sure what happened to the first one)

dirtseller on October 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Did the CIA and State have reason to know about the local mujahedeen’s ambitions and decide nevertheless that AQ’s nearest target — Chris Stevens — could manage without extra security?

Extra security? He didn’t even have a standard security package. It’s criminal.

rbj on October 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

To be blunt: The administration has a lot invested in the public impression that al-Qaeda was vanquished when Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011. Obama would lose some of that luster if the public examined whether al-Qaeda is adopting a new, Zawahiri-led strategy of interweaving its operations with the unrest sweeping the Arab world. But this discussion is needed, and a responsible president should lead it, even during a presidential campaign.

You know, pretending al-Queda doesn’t exist anymore won’t make them magically disappear. I’m starting to wonder if this President really does live in an adolescent fantasy land where the laws of reality don’t apply. Which helps explain why he not only can’t recall how much our national debt is, but doesn’t seem concerned about it either.

Doughboy on October 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I was also watching the US Ryder cup team meltdown yesterday and they mentioned that both Bushes were at the tournament and that Bill Clinton called to wish the team well from Italy. Nothing from Bump in the Ass. He must have been out at the local course. No time for America.

hip shot on October 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

That darned movie’s to blame.///

kingsjester on October 1, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Fear not.

They will get apologies, in the form of bullets directly inserted into their brains. Some of them might receive the fireworks variety. Obama’s done it before. If you doubt ask a lot of other dead terrorists.

lester on September 27, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Chuck Schick on October 1, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Have you seen his busy schedule and you expect him to deal with this too?

Waddya mean deal with it??? He’s probably cool with it. If it came to that, boom! Instant crisis of which somehow Obama and Co. can take advantage.

This could very well have his blessing, and behind the scenes, he’s working to fan the flames.

hawkeye54 on October 1, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Would this constitute open season on vermin world wide? Probably worth it.

Mason on October 1, 2012 at 4:57 PM

This is not even on the radar of the legacy media. They are the enemy of America…there are no checks and balances.

d1carter on October 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Well HOW nice this news coming out just before the elections? A crisis bho has to deal with? Could WE here in the US be having problems that causes something bho has hatched up to stop the elections? Just gotta ask questions, my mind needs to know!
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letget on October 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

If Obowma is re-elected…

… his “Rules of Engagement” will then be applied to us.

Have a nice day…

Seven Percent Solution on October 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Could WE here in the US be having problems that causes something bho has hatched up to stop the elections?

I’d bet Obama’s “war room” has every conceivable scenario played out with plans ready to use whatever may come, especially if a significant crisis is self-made.

hawkeye54 on October 1, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Bumps in the road.

Mitt Romney killed a woman, doesn’t pay taxes or something, eats puppies for breakfast while reading the Book of Mormon, and will ban apple pie for everyone except the 100 richest Americans.

Good Lt on October 1, 2012 at 5:04 PM

If Obowma is re-elected…

… his “Rules of Engagement” will then be applied to us.

Yup….remember who his DHS has targeted as domestic terrorists.

hawkeye54 on October 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

You know, pretending al-Queda doesn’t exist anymore won’t make them magically disappear. I’m starting to wonder if this President really does live in an adolescent fantasy land where the laws of reality don’t apply. Which helps explain why he not only can’t recall how much our national debt is, but doesn’t seem concerned about it either.

Doughboy on October 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

It’s all media-assisted. Afghanistan doesn’t exist either, our troops aren’t being methodically cut-down by the same Afghani security forces that they’ve trained, Taliban didn’t just breach one of our bases there and blow up a bunch of harrier jets and the death toll in this war under Obama didn’t go up.

Unfortunately this is what people react to. They are just happy it’s not on our their TV screens. The nation is war-weary and doesn’t give a crap right now. Obama knows this, so with media’s help, he’s making the rest of the world disappear.

If Bush was president, the narrative would be that the Middle-East is in flames and Afghanistan is a lost war. As it is, though, we get outrageous outrage from the media for any criticism of this president by Romney, not inquisitive journalism on why things are going to hell in a handbasket over there.

Corporal Tunnel on October 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

All this because of a Youtube video?

/

strictnein on October 1, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Yup….remember who his DHS has targeted as domestic terrorists.

hawkeye54 on October 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

And remember their big ammunition buys

clnurnberg on October 1, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Here’s American Crossroads’ salute to the Foreign Policy President.

By the way…

… what has been the response of the United States to the sacking of it’s Embassy and the torture, rape, and murder of it’s Ambassador?

Where is the ‘pay back’…?

Seven Percent Solution on October 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM

That would be fundamental global intifada.

Global intifada you can believe in.

Fired up. Ready to go.

/

Curtiss on October 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

It’s because Barry is a Sunni.

Oil Can on October 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

As it is, though, we get outrageous outrage from the media for any criticism of this president by Romney, not inquisitive journalism on why things are going to hell in a handbasket over there.

Why should the media be inquisitive about Obama? They are entwined, and share the same goals, all part of the leftist collective.

hawkeye54 on October 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Sultan Obama!

faraway on October 1, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Yup….remember who his DHS has targeted as domestic terrorists.

hawkeye54 on October 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

And remember their big ammunition buys

I do….along with other federal agencies also purchasing ammo. Interesting times ahead for us all.

hawkeye54 on October 1, 2012 at 5:16 PM

He surely won’t mention it after election day either.

you’re not kidding

cmsinaz on October 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM

LOVE THIS AD

cmsinaz on October 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is alive

And Islam is even more alive and it has a billion followers and Mohammad is their “Perfect Man” and Bin Laden was a piker by comparison to Mohammad.

VorDaj on October 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Why does Herr Obama tell us not to say anything disrespectful about Mohammad when Bin Laden whose execution he ordered was not even 1/1000th as bad as Mohammad?

VorDaj on October 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

…so a new misfit Mohammad movie is coming out?

KOOLAID2 on October 1, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Mohammad was as Hitler and Stalin and Mao rolled into one and Bin Laden was just as one of his almost countless disciples over the centuries.

VorDaj on October 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

U.S. intel obviously has an institutional interest in not being seen as falling down on the job

I don’t think they did. There were plenty of news reports of AQ elements scooping up Quaddafi’s weapons. Why did skippy send our Ambassador defenseless into a known hostile place?

I doubt Hillary would order this. A time will come when Zero will try to blame her for this as the heat intensifies.

-Blame- it’s what he does.

dogsoldier on October 1, 2012 at 5:50 PM

As I said the other day when this article was in the headline section:

Davey lad, you don’t need sources in the underground to figure this out.
All you have to do is read their protest signs during their riots and listen to what their leaders and spokespersons are screaming.

In fact you would have to be underground for the last ten years or so to NOT know it. Underground; as in dead and buried, or hiding in a lead mine with no radio or TV reception.

LegendHasIt on October 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I’m told that the talk in the Libyan underground is about a “global intifada,” like what the new al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been preaching for the past five years. But ask U.S. officials about that subject, and you get a “no comment.”

It is no surprise that the outrageous outrage in Cairo was orchestrated by Egyptian imams’ in preparation for the September 11 anniversary. The word went out ahead of time across the Muslim network to erupt worldwide and to strike terror in the weak-kneed appeasers. From Cairo to Libya to the Far East and elsewhere in Africa, the network of AlQaeda has been active, though lying low.

onlineanalyst on October 1, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Mohammad was as Hitler and Stalin and Mao rolled into one and Bin Laden was just as one of his almost countless disciples over the centuries.

VorDaj on October 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I think Mo was a little more bloodthirsty than the others.

Pol Pot should be on that list too.

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Payback? Payback! There won’t be any stinking payback, not the kind we’d expect, but Obamas stash is being freely given…

Humphhhh…The powers that be just suck plain and simple…

Somthing huge is gonna give in the ME and it won’t be peaceful.

Scrumpy on October 1, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Look at this headline:

Indonesia: 5,000 Muslims chanting “Allahu akbar” march on U.S. Embassy — “Go to hell with your freedom of expression”

Go here for the story: http://www.jihadwatch.org/

Scrumpy on October 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Didn’t Obama say, after bin Laden’s death, that Al Qaeda had been defeated?

GrannySunni on October 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

The Obama Enemy media throws up a distraction they know, none of their MoonBats will pay any attention to, in order to say,”See We’re down the middle.” These clowns have no concept of the joke they’ve become to the population, in general, cause they refuse to leave the safety of their Lib echo chambers! They think that by demeaning those in, “Fly Over Country”, they somehow have made an argument for their “superior Intellect”, when all they accomplish, is to continually “Be-Clown” themselves!
For those following,How to take on the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on October 1, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Three weeks and the FBI is still NOT on the ground in Benghazi.

rayra on October 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Yup….remember who his DHS has targeted as domestic terrorists.

hawkeye54 on October 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM

And remember who just bought about a billion rounds of hollow point ammo.

Solaratov on October 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I was also watching the US Ryder cup team meltdown yesterday and they mentioned that both Bushes were at the tournament and that Bill Clinton called to wish the team well from Italy. Nothing from Bump in the Ass. He must have been out at the local course. No time for America. hip shot on October 1, 2012 at 4:51 PM

So, a better president woulda been talking about golf instead of (probably) golfing. That’s a remarkable observation. My hat’s off to you, sir.

Just so you, I am happy to report that I had to look up Ryder Cup to see what it was.

Akzed on October 2, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Where is the ‘pay back’…? Seven Percent Solution on October 1, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Pay back?! We apologized, and arrested the film maker!

Akzed on October 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM

If the intafarta is going global, that must include the US.

Here’s the double whammy: if the savages go wild on cue in the US, one knows they’re taking orders from the global jihad monkeys. If they don’t, one knows they’ve been told to hold fire.

We’d reach the same conclusion if we were talking about German divisions in the Rhine in 1945. If one doesn’t see the local savages as shock troops of the global savagery, then one isn’t paying close enough attention.

The question is, what do we do when it starts in earnest here, and they take copious quantities of hostages as leverage?

Akzed on October 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

This could very well have his blessing, and behind the scenes, he’s working to fan the flames. hawkeye54 on October 1, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Well, he repeated their propaganda that it was all about an alleged movie trailer of questionable provenance. That should clue us in right there.

Akzed on October 2, 2012 at 9:07 AM