Career intel officers: Obama’s not telling you how far Al Qaeda has penetrated into Libya and Egypt

posted at 7:21 pm on October 5, 2012 by Allahpundit

I don’t get it. Why would the Foreign Policy President, who supported the revolutions in Libya and Egypt, not want to talk about that?

I thought he likes talking about foreign policy.

Weeks before the presidential election, President Barack Obama’s administration faces mounting opposition from within the ranks of U.S. intelligence agencies over what career officers say is a “cover up” of intelligence information about terrorism in North Africa.

Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…

Officials with access to intelligence reports, based on both technical spying and human agents, said specific reporting revealed an alarming surge in clandestine al Qaeda activity months before the attack in Benghazi…

“The Obama Administration is afraid to admit al Qaeda is running rampant throughout the region because it would expose the truth instead of what President Obama so pompously spouted during the Democratic Convention” said the official.

Follow the link for allegations that AQ is coordinating in Egypt via Al-Azhar University with the help of Mohammed al-Zawahiri, brother of you-know-who and, until this year, a prisoner of the Egyptian government. That was news to me, but the possibility of Al Qaeda setting up shop in Libya was not. Two reports prepared for Congress and released in August — before the attack in Benghazi — warned explicitly that the power vacuum in Libya combined with easy access to heavy weapons stolen from Qaddafi’s stockpiles made the country a natural draw for jihadists. One of those reports claimed that Al Qaeda’s senior leadership in Pakistan had dispatched top operatives to Libya with orders to start setting up a new network there under a different name. All of this was an entirely foreseeable consequence of toppling Mubarak and Qaddafi, and arguably a price worth paying in order to set those countries on track to democracy and, maybe someday, more liberal societies. But note: Entirely foreseeable. If you’re going to up-end the political table in these countries in the name of ousting autocrats, then you need to plan for an inevitable period of chaos — and terror — in the aftermath. Did we do that in Benghazi? Based on what we know right now, it looks like we did the opposite: Less security, not more, even when more was requested. Watch the new clip below from ABC and Jake Tapper for the latest on that. Madness.

I’d love to hear the Foreign Policy President explain why his State Department didn’t think to ramp up protection for Chris Stevens in Al Qaeda’s new backyard, but I think we all know what his “public statement” about the situation is going to be. No explanations forthcoming.


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This administration is a fraud. Nothing but cover-ups.

Philly on October 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Al Qaeda growing in power: I would never (NEVER!) presume this isn’t exactly what he and his Alinsky-ite “sistah” in the picture want to happen.

SouthernGent on October 5, 2012 at 7:26 PM

unstinkingbelievable….
steve hayes had it right tonight on special report, mitt needs to ask obama questions during his foreign policy speech so that the media has to cover them….

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I’d love to hear the Foreign Policy President explain why his State Department didn’t think to ramp up protection for Chris Stevens in Al Qaeda’s new backyard

and sad to say the moderator for the last debate won’t ask him either

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM

I’d love to hear the Foreign Policy President explain why his State Department didn’t think to ramp up protection for Chris Stevens

How do you think current Ambassadors feel for their safety now?
I’m surprised they haven’t risen up publicly in protest. Chris Stevens deserved better than he got, as do the other currently serving ambassadors. Or maybe Obama is demanding they make some large donations to his campaign for better protection???

Chicago Style.

portlandon on October 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Bin Laden is Dead!!!

“It’s not my fault….It’s not my fault” – President Inept

Electrongod on October 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Can’t wait for that foreign policy debate 15 days before the election. Mitt, you know what to do.

Kataklysmic on October 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

“EPIC FAIL” is often used as hyperbole.

This time: not so much.

dont taze me bro on October 5, 2012 at 7:31 PM

All of this was an entirely foreseeable consequence of toppling Mubarak and Qaddafi, and arguably a price worth paying in order to set those countries on track to democracy and, maybe someday, more liberal societies.

Wait AP- are you still thinking the “Arab Spring” was about liberalizing these societies?

BKeyser on October 5, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Libya and Egypt? . . . . . (EXPLETIVE)

Obama’s not telling us how far they’ve penetrated into the United States.

Probably with his collaboration, to boot.

listens2glenn on October 5, 2012 at 7:32 PM

If Obama didn’t secure embassies in the hotbed of Al Queda, how do you think the security is at softer areas? I’m surprised these terrorists aren’t attacking other embassies in a coordinated effort.

portlandon on October 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Good Read! This what’s been missing! There have to be some Whistle-blowers, that are tired of putting their lives on the line so that the Failure-in-chief and the rest of the terrorist apologists, can try to hurt their careers! The danger these people put themselves in, for the sake of this country, can not be so easily thrown away by the Clowns in power, without somebody saying, enough! This is what needs to be followed up! Here is where the danger of letting the muslim brotherhood into the government is going to cost more lives if nothing is done!
Final Update 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 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

“Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former president wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the white house counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law.

Information will not be withheld just because I say so; it will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well-grounded in the Constitution.

Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the Rule of Law will be the touchstones of this presidency.” –President Barack Hussein Obama (one day post-inauguration January 21, 2009)

FlatFoot on October 5, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I sure hope that Romney is taking lots of notes and memorizing all the details. Since Pravda Amerika won’t bring it up, Romney can force them to by hammering Obama in the foreign policy debate.

Decoski on October 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

With all due respect to these officers, I didn’t need to be an intelligence officer or have a Ph.D. in International studies to know this.

Give Muslim countries ‘democracy’ and the animals put in terrorists for leaders.

These leaders are all cut from the same cloth as Al-Qaeda.

They are all united by hatred of the West, especially America and Israel.

So whether it’s the Muslim brotherhood or denizens of the ‘Arab Spring’, they will welcome Al Qaeda with open arms.

And it’s pretty obvious that Iran’s been working in the background. I remember it coming out some years ago (prez Bush was still in, IIRC) that many of the roadside bombs were made by the Iranians.

What do we do? Let Ahmadinejad speak at the UN and aid and abet terrorist regimes in Libya and Egypt.

Friggin’ brilliant.

avgjo on October 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

There is NOTHING that Obama’s team will not do to win his reelection so that he can complete his destruction of the America we once knew and loved: No lie is too big, no constitutional right is too sacred, no loss of life is too great, no corruption is too smelly. America has never faced a threat as dangerous as Obama.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 5, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Intelligence held back from senior officials and the public includes numerous classified reports revealing clear Iranian support for jihadists throughout the tumultuous North Africa and Middle East region, as well as notably widespread al Qaeda penetration into Egypt and Libya in the months before the deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi

But wouldn’t it be racist us of to assume that President Obama knew what was in these reports?

– How do we know that he actually read these classified reports?

– He certainly didn’t need to meet with any people who could have told him what information was in these reports.

This is what happens when we elect a President who has no interest in attending his Daily Intelligence Briefings.

According to the public schedule of the president, the last time the Obama attended his daily intelligence meeting was Sept. 5 — a week before Islamist radicals stormed our embassy in Cairo and terrorists killed our ambassador to Tripoli.

But instead of rescheduling the intelligence briefing for later in the day, Obama apparently chose to skip it altogether and attend a Las Vegas fundraiser for his re-election campaign. One day after a terrorist attack.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/marc-thiessen-obama-alone-this-president-does-not-need-intel-briefers/2012/09/13/c11e1a52-fda5-11e1-b153-218509a954e1_story.html

Vote carefully in November, America!

wren on October 5, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Can’t wait for that foreign policy debate 15 days before the election. Mitt, you know what to do.

Kataklysmic on October 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Mitt can get a head start on Monday which is when I believe he gives his foreign policy speech.

I hope he does start hammering away. BO is already intimidated. Mitt got under his skin, and there’s no reason to let up.

BO has got to go.

Cody1991 on October 5, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I’d love to hear the Foreign Policy President explain why his State Department didn’t think to ramp up protection for Chris Stevens in Al Qaeda’s new backyard, but I think we all know what his “public statement” about the situation is going to be. No explanations forthcoming.

There’s still the foreign policy debate warming up in the hopper. Gonna be hard to avoid talking about this.

whatcat on October 5, 2012 at 7:38 PM

But don’t worry…

… Obowma says that unemployment is down to 7.8% and you can bank on that!

Seven Percent Solution on October 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Thing is: If we push them too hard on this, theyll wag the dog and bomb Libya, if thats not already planned anyway.

Valkyriepundit on October 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I’d love to hear the Foreign Policy President explain why his State Department didn’t think to ramp up protection for Chris Stevens in Al Qaeda’s new backyard,

They not only didn’t ramp it up, they reduced protection, intending to rely on Libyan militia protection. Utterly insanely stupid. At best.

rbj on October 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM

And just remember how quickly Michele Bachmann was villified by HER OWN PARTY for daring to tell the truth about Huma Abedin

The controversy stems from a letter Bachmann and four other Republican members of Congress sent to top intelligence and security officials earlier this month questioning the Muslim Brotherhood’s access to top Obama administration officials. Abedin — who the Clintons have described as a like a daughter to them — was singled out in the letter.

Shortly after the letter was sent, Republicans jumped to Abedin’s defense, including House Speaker John Boehner and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Scott Brown, R-Mass.

McCain said Bachmann’s allegations “rest solely on a few unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of Huma’s family,” and criticized the letter for neglecting to offer “not one instance of an action, a decision or a public position that Huma has taken while at the State Department or as a member of then-Sen. Clinton’s staff that would lend credence to the charge that she is promoting anti-American activities within our government.”

“These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now,” McCain said.

SouthernGent on October 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I sure hope that Romney is taking lots of notes and memorizing all the details. Since Pravda Amerika won’t bring it up, Romney can force them to by hammering Obama in the foreign policy debate.

Decoski on October 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Pretty sad when Americans have to get real news going on in the world from the Guardian and the Telegraph in England. Half of the world is in an “unrestful” state, and you wouldn’t know it from our pathetic media.

(bye the bye, I’ve opened a baseball open thread in the Greenroom for those interested in a little Fall Classic relief.)

Rovin on October 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM

If you don’t arm the right people, the only people with arms are AQ.

faraway on October 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Holy mackerel!

Read THIS. Read the whole thing.

The wolf pack that is the contemporary liberal media is so reckless and slavish in its devotion to liberalism that it will turn on a moment’s notice against every alpha and beta and omega that strays. These aren’t journalists. They’re cannibals.

DoH

FlatFoot on October 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM

That’s why I think he will lose the foreign policy debate BIG, even tho it will be packed with his supporters.

How in the hell is he going to explain the mess in the ME? We’ll be lucky if they don’t attack us in the next month. And if he sends in the Marines, he’ll screw it up just like Carter did.

PattyJ on October 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Libya and Egypt? . . . . . (EXPLETIVE)

Obama’s not telling us how far they’ve penetrated into the United States.

Probably with his collaboration, to boot.

listens2glenn on October 5, 2012 at 7:32 PM

I was talking with a couple of friends a while back. If they could sneak enough of their guys into the US, they could really pull off a very crippling low-tech attack.

And, I’m not going to say online how they could do it.

trigon on October 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Don’t forget Dear Leader’s remarks at the debate regarding the role of government:

OBAMA: The first role of the federal government is to keep the American people safe. That’s its most basic function. And as commander-in-chief, that is something that I’ve worked on and thought about every single day that I’ve been in the Oval Office.

I was stunned when I heard it Wednesday night that he would open with that, so soon after Benghazi. But now, to hear that the Administration?state wouldn’t even pop for a 70 year old piston pusher of an airplane for security forces!

parke on October 5, 2012 at 7:54 PM

trigon on October 5, 2012 at 7:53 PM

The sneaking part has already happened. It is no longer if but when it happens.

chemman on October 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

unstinkingbelievable….
steve hayes had it right tonight on special report, mitt needs to ask obama questions during his foreign policy speech so that the media has to cover them….

cmsinaz on October 5, 2012 at 7:26 PM

…the moderator will probably yell over Romney’s questions!…the left is still mad at old Jimmy because Romney insisted on finishing a point a couple few times…if he hadn’t JugEars would have had 14 minutes more of airtime instead of almost 4…

KOOLAID2 on October 5, 2012 at 7:57 PM

The sneaking part has already happened. It is no longer if but when it happens.

chemman on October 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Yeah. I’m sure they have people here. They have a flair for the dramatic, though. They like crashing planes and explosions. Doing real damage over time is a lot simpler, though.

trigon on October 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Al Qaeda growing in power: I would never (NEVER!) presume this isn’t exactly what he and his Alinsky-ite “sistah” in the picture want to happen.

SouthernGent on October 5, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Bingo.

KMC1 on October 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I dunno… the black banners of jihad kinda stood out as a clue for me…

Yah know… the ones flying over our embassies.

Just say’n.

CPT. Charles on October 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

arguably a price worth paying in order to set those countries on track to democracy and, maybe someday, more liberal societies

“Democracy and, maybe someday, more liberal societies”. Yeah.That’ll happen. Just as soon as you talk ‘em out of that Islam thing.

bofh on October 5, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Thing is: If we push them too hard on this, theyll wag the dog and bomb Libya, if thats not already planned anyway.

Valkyriepundit on October 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM

According to the new york times, it has been “leaked” that the al Queda militias responsible for the attacks and murders have been identified and targeting information has been assembled – which means we know where they are and can hit them.
Now, if the arabs will just stay where they are and not look at the times, everything will work out perfectly – and we’ll bomb the crap out of them. Or not, if they read any of the “top secret” leaks in the times.
Then, we can just send a million-dollar missile into an aspirin factory…or something.

Solaratov on October 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Al Qaeda? What Al Qaeda? Obama killed Osama with his bare hands, doncha know?

Blackacre on October 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Oh, I think we will have an answer from Obama come debate time. On Hannity last night, it was clear that Romney was keeping up with every bit on info coming out on the Benghazi attack.

Common Sense on October 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Less security, not more, even when more was requested. Madness.

Numerous and undeniable warnings were dismissed by the State Department….no one is this stupid.

lynncgb on October 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Career intel officers: Obama’s not telling you how far Al Qaeda has penetrated into Libya and Egypt

Blaming the Obamanation Administration for not informing the American people may have a cathartic effect, but it is also partially intellectually dishonest. While it is true that that is something the Obamanation Administration should be doing it is even more the responsibility of the Fourth Estate… err the Fifth Column Treasonous Media.

Let us not allow ourselves to be deceived when it is within our power to not be deceived. If the Fifth Column Treasonous Media were doing the job that is the primary reason for their inclusion in the First Amendment then we would not need to be surprised to find out that the Obamanation Administration has been deceiving us.

SWalker on October 5, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Not as deeply as gumby being poked.

bayview on October 5, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Not is he telling us how far into our national security apparti he allowed our enemies to penetrate either.

They’re just a couple of useful idiots whose job is done and now they’re gonna be discarded.

Cleombrotus on October 5, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Not= Nor

Cleombrotus on October 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Does Obama really think he’s above getting all the blame for this mess once Romney’s President? I know Obama thinks he’s going to win, but it would amaze me if he didn’t think of his legacy at all. And, I hardly think being hated as the guy who destroyed freedom is what he has in mind.

txhsmom on October 6, 2012 at 12:07 AM

The Italians were warning about this situation in Libya, in particular Islamic extremists in Benghazi, even earlier-since the beginning of the uprising early last year, in fact.

Dreadnought on October 6, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Follow the link for allegations that AQ is coordinating in Egypt via Al-Azhar University with the help of Mohammed al-Zawahiri, brother of you-know-who and, until this year, a prisoner of the Egyptian government.

Fox News reported on the day of the attack …uh…”protest” al-Zawahiri’s brother was spotted in the crowd that descended on the consulate.

If that’s true, not good news.

Conservative Samizdat on October 6, 2012 at 1:44 AM

This is all going according to plan.

Bark believes that if the people of Libya and Tunisia and Egypt want to be led by AQ, then that is their choice. That’s his view of self-determination.

There are moderate factions of AQ, the MB, and the Taleban and Susan Rice would like to see them regularly attend UN meetings.

CorporatePiggy on October 6, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Let’s give the naked emperor a break after all, the salve that Michelle had to apply to his peri-anal area after the debate is just now healing. I hope she saves some for Joe plugs because he was supposed to bring the “gravitas” to the ticket on foreign affairs four years ago.

It will be interesting to see if Ryan exploits Joe plugs or leaves the thrashing on foreign affairs to Mitt. I hope a lot of both.

hip shot on October 6, 2012 at 9:38 AM

More security to the leftists in our executive branch is really American imperialism.

jake49 on October 6, 2012 at 9:53 AM

WHY in the world do politicians and the LSM keep implying that the Muslim lead countries will hopefully be on the “path to democracy?” Such horse poop. Wish there were conservative push back that would nail this as the lie it is.

mimi1220 on October 6, 2012 at 10:19 AM

More covering up by the US media of the failures of the President.

albill on October 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM

He’s got time left to figure out how to wag the dog and get a pre-election bounce for “getting tough” with terrorists. The question will be what piece of al Queda to go after without having to “invest” too much.

Heck, me might even greenlight Bibi to spank Iran. It’s just about all he has left as quick, viable positives to offer the voters.

Freelancer on October 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The Shadow President (Valerie Jarrett) probably made this call.

MaiDee on October 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM

What do you expect from somebody who is a failed community organizer?

ultracon on October 6, 2012 at 8:30 PM