Video: Al-Qaeda a “jayvee” team?

posted at 5:21 pm on January 21, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

“If a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Barack Obama told the New Yorker when asked whether al-Qaeda still represents a threat to the US. While Obama’s remarks on marijuana and his own falling poll numbers in this interview have commanded most of the attention from the media, Wolf Blitzer argues that this should get much more scrutiny than it has received. He asks former House Intelligence member Jane Harman whether Obama is too glib about the threat al-Qaeda poses. Harman clearly thinks so, although she tries to let him off the hook with a distinction between “core” AQ and the “horizontally-affiliated” networks:

New Yorker reporter David Remick considered this “an uncharacteristically flip analogy,” which is a bit of an understatement. Here’s the entire quote:

“I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.

“Let’s just keep in mind, Falluja is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”

The problem with this construct is that it offers false distinctions. Even so-called core AQ engaged in “various local power struggles.” They did so in Afghanistan, and they certainly sponsored and helped recruit for the Iraqi insurgency — many of those recruits coming from eastern Libya, where they also conducted “local power struggles.” In Yemen, where AQ had its beginnings in the Yemeni-Saudi conflict, AQ has tried for years to overthrow the government. And so on. The distinction for Yemen becomes even more false when one remembers that we are conducting drone attacks there, as part of the original 2001 AUMF against al-Qaeda, a drone campaign that Obama clearly endorses as part of that effort.

The point about eastern Libya should also remind us that we allowed AQ and its affiliates to metastasize there. Obama led a NATO effort to decapitate Moammar Qaddafi’s regime, even though it put a lot of pressure on AQ in the region, keeping it from spreading across North Africa. After that NATO disaster, AQ and its affiliates and allies nearly sacked Mali, and has expanded widely. It was that power vacuum — and the attitude that AQ was nothing more than a “jayvee” team — that allowed al-Qaeda and its allies the opportunity to drive the West out of Benghazi, culminating in the destruction of our consulate and the loss of four Americans on the anniversary of 9/11.

By the way, how many of this “jayvee” responsible for Benghazi have been caught by the Obama administration varsity? Sixteen months later, the answer is still zero.

Maybe this administration needs to take the threat a lot more seriously than Obama does at present. Harman and Blitzer can hardly believe Obama’s words, but that’s been the message from this administration all along, and Benghazi is the result.


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Al-Qaeda a “jayvee” team?

By comparison, then, Bammy’s admin is a T-Ball team. Rah.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Who spelled it ‘jayvee’? Junior Varsity. JV. Who writes ‘jayvee’?

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

He killed bin Laden… so… yeh.

sis – BOOM – bah!

Hill60 on January 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

What if a JV team puts on Lakers jerseys and kills a US ambassador. Is that a story?

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

JV bullets kill just as dead as Varsity bullets.

Friggin’ douche!

NavyMustang on January 21, 2014 at 5:27 PM

They managed to co-opt the entire Syrian War under his nose and watch. It allowed Putin to look like he was large and in charge. If Al Qaeda is indeed JV, this stuttering idiot is still playing Pop Warner.

hawkdriver on January 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Obama just can’t leave the sports analogies alone, can he? I recall him talking about ‘spiking the ball’ after bin Ladin was killed.

I also recall when he related everything he said to cars, suggesting that “the GOP drove the car into a ditch” and inviting the GOP to shut up and “sit in the back of the car”.

Then there as that socialist mop thing, when he referenced mops and brooms for awhile.

He really sort of gets caught up in rhetorical loops.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

What if a JV team puts on Lakers jerseys and kills a US ambassador. Is that a story?

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

No, but if they made a video …

Lost in Jersey on January 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Video: Al-Qaeda a “jayvee” team?

Weird. Most people don’t like to admit they’re losing to a JV team….

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Man, it is so hard not to hate this jackazz…

OmahaConservative on January 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

So what was the big deal with killing Bin Laden then?

ThePrez on January 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Is this the same President who thinks any American with a gun is a threat to society? Because if so, how can he turn around and downplay organized groups of terrorists with Mortars, AK’s, and a whole lot of explosives?

eski502 on January 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Why would any president admit to losing to a jayvee team?

rogerb on January 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Is Al-Qaeda a movement or a group? Who spelled it ‘jayvee’? Junior Varsity. JV. Who writes ‘jayvee’?

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Seriously.

segasagez on January 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

 
I apparently needed a screen refresh.

rogerb on January 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Finally – a team Obama would let his imaginary son play on.

whatcat on January 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

it just boggles the mind….seriously….

cmsinaz on January 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Please, Lord, deliver us from our sportscaster president.

BobMbx on January 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

hawkdriver on January 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

this

cmsinaz on January 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Is this the same President who thinks any American with a gun is a threat to society? Because if so, how can he turn around and downplay organized groups of terrorists with Mortars, AK’s, and a whole lot of explosives?

eski502 on January 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Excellent point and question. My answer is, he can because the media helps him with what he says.

hawkdriver on January 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Ambassador Chris Stevens is unavailable for comment.

rbj on January 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

it just boggles the mind….seriously….

cmsinaz on January 21, 2014 at 5:34 PM

That whole interview was the revelations of the mind of an idiot. Al Qaeda, pot, they don’t like me because I’m black. On and on. Obama, unplugged, without the teleprompter. There’s no there there.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Is Al-Qaeda a movement or a group? Who spelled it ‘jayvee’? Junior Varsity. JV. Who writes ‘jayvee’?
 
thatsafactjack on January 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

 
It’s a more subtle and nuanced pronunciation.
 
Like Pockeystahn.

rogerb on January 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

reminds me of Obama’s comments during the 2008 election when he said north korea and iran were “small” countries.

he also seems to carry the bravado of a lot of black athletes who get in the other guys face and say stuff like “you can’t guard me”. that may be fine for the basketball court, but I don’t think that really works for world affairs.

jetch on January 21, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Your mind on dope.

Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Possibly Austrian, even. Listen closely for the umlaut.

rogerb on January 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Video: Al-Qaeda a “jayvee” team?

Weird. Most people don’t like to admit they’re losing to a JV team….

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Heh.

davidk on January 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

He really sort of gets caught up in rhetorical loops.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Obama isn’t saying everything should be a rhetorical loop; but then he isn’t saying there should be no rhetorical loops at all, either. He takes the middle road, as he always does. If only the Republicans would be more sensible on this topic. The problem is in others; not in himself.

/Chomskybot and Obamabot should engage in a cage match; two word-twisting, shucking and jiving, hypnotizing us with their brilliance, bots enter; only one bot is left standing.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I apparently needed a screen refresh.

rogerb on January 21, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Bishop!

Wait, that’s not what that means?

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

What did I miss, did Kobe Bryant shoot some ambassador while I was watching football?

Barnestormer on January 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Your mind on dope.

Murphy9 on January 21, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Hey. Safer than JV football.

davidk on January 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

I wonder what 25 year old White House staffer )who thinks they are WAY smarter than they really are) came up with this gem.

They may CALL themselves “Al-Queda”, but they’re really the JV version.

Right. I wonder what the VARSITY version of Al-Queda would have done in Benghazi.

Now, that IS pathetic. But that level of pathetic is only surpassed by one kind of pathetic – when the self-described genius President actually repeats it as if it isn’t retarded. We are so, SO screwed

deadrody on January 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2014 at 5:36 PM

apparently….

cmsinaz on January 21, 2014 at 5:46 PM

So, who are our varsity opponents–Iran?

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

ot: the left has a new squirrel
mcdonnell and wife indicted on 13 counts….boy they sure are giddy…

christie maybe breathing a sigh of relief…

cmsinaz on January 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Responding to President Barack Obama’s comment that he wouldn’t let his hypothetical son play in the NFL because it’s not safe, radio host Mark Levin said he wouldn’t let his theoretical progeny be an ambassador in the Obama administration.

Replying to Obama’s comment in an interview with The New Yorker, Levin said it’d be safer to play pro football:

- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/mark-levin-mr-president-i-wouldnt-let-my-son-be-ambassador-under-you#sthash.WpgTfEfr.dpuf

davidk on January 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Of course, he knows the Lakers are almost dead last in their division.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Even the J.V. team can shoot better than 2 for 24. At least we know why Obama as one the only black players on his high school team, hugged the pine. Racism.

jukin3 on January 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

So, who are our varsity opponents–Iran?

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Yes. And, as hawkdriver pointed out, obama is playing Pop Warner.

davidk on January 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Osama was JV. Zawahiri is varsity.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Just he puts on a Washington Generals jersey…

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

JV = more CYA.

profitsbeard on January 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Blowing off Benghazi is blowing off the lives of 4 Americans, which would likely have been around 30 if not for the courageous and self-sacrificing actions of 2 men acting outside of orders, and hence is depraved indifference.

VorDaj on January 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

The freshman team we left behind in Fallujah got their butts kicked by the JV Al Qaeda team.

And in Benghazi, we sent in our cheerleaders against their JV team. Next time we’ll send in the Choom gang.

Under-estimating your enemies is a good way to lose a war.

But Neville O’Bama never read history, so he will repeat it.

Steve Z on January 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

The 1980 Soviet national hockey team was unavailable for comment.

Erich66 on January 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Obama=Dr. Jayvee

(Apologies to Dr. J)

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Harman clearly thinks so, although she tries to let him off the hook with a distinction between “core” AQ and the “horizontally-affiliated” networks

What if we were to find out somehow that not all of the 9/11 muslim terrorist mass murders were “core al Qaeda” would the dead of 9/11 be any less dead?

VorDaj on January 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Al Qaeda poses no threat to our core national interests:
Obamacare Enrollement, Marijuana Legalization and Gay Marriage. Well, maybe Gay Marriage… maybe we should send some gay athletes to Fallujah as a protest.

kcewa on January 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

“If a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,”

If a jihady puts on a suit and tie, that doesn’t make him an American.

burrata on January 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Michael Jordan was sent to his JV team in high school. Didn’t mean he couldn’t do the job. President Obama should remember that the next time he preens about al Qaida’s ‘B’ team.

jon1979 on January 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

What he’s really saying is that Putin needs to stay sharp. He’s up against the B team at the Olympics; be a real shame to get beaten by a team of freshmen.

BobMbx on January 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Al Qaeda was designed to be highly decentralized and without any core… But yet the most incompetent President in history of the Republic cannot comprehend this idea or refuses to accept it because it goes against his big lie that Al Qaeda is dead… I am sure that some intelligence folks already told him many times that AL Qaeda is not dead by any shape or form and Al Qaeda is not centralized and has no core but he is too arrogant, too incompetent, and too dumb to listen to them…

mnjg on January 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Al Qaida #1: “Obama, head of the great Satan, said, ‘If a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.’What does this mean?”

Al Qaida #2: “I am not sure, Hassan. He is conflating a team with an individual, stuffing a group into a single being. Still, they say he is brilliant. He must know something — or operate on a level we can never reach!”

Al Qaida #1: “Wallah! We are lost!”

Al Qaida #2: “Wallah!”

Aardvark on January 21, 2014 at 6:39 PM

I wonder what 25 year old White House staffer )who thinks they are WAY smarter than they really are) came up with this gem.

They may CALL themselves “Al-Queda”, but they’re really the JV version.

Right. I wonder what the VARSITY version of Al-Queda would have done in Benghazi.

Now, that IS pathetic. But that level of pathetic is only surpassed by one kind of pathetic – when the self-described genius President actually repeats it as if it isn’t retarded. We are so, SO screwed

deadrody on January 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Exactly… All his stupid speeches are full of empty buzz words that are so far away from truth and reality. And yes a lot of this stupidity is created by his idiotic staff (many of them are less 30 years old) who think that they are so smart because the most incompetent President is following what they are telling him…

mnjg on January 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

So grab an M4 and head out into the wild to take on the JV squad, Dog Eater fool.

Even a JV member can ignite a truck bomb in a crowded metro.

Bishop on January 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

More proof that without his teleprompter, The One can barely create a coherent sentence.

His sports analogies are impenetrable to those of us who are not sports wonks. (Lucky for me, thatsafactjack explained WTF he meant- thanks, TJ.)

By the same token, The One’s mind is immune to reality. Especially where foreign policy is concerned.

I suspect this is one more reason why he chose Biden as his VOTUS. If all else fails (as I suspect it soon will), he can start making speeches with Joe at a matching significantly smaller podium across the stage.

While The One is getting tangled in his metaphors, Joe will be babbling incoherently and finish up by banging his head on the podium while going “Storngstorngstorngstorng” until carried off by his Service detail.

At which point The One will grin and say,

Aren’t you glad he’s not in charge?

clear ether

eon

eon on January 21, 2014 at 8:01 PM

By the way, how many of this “jayvee” responsible for Benghazi have been caught by the Obama administration varsity? Sixteen months later, the answer is still zero

…not even…a practice squad!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Obama probably knows more about jayvee basketball players than most people since he never got off the bench much even when he was a senior.

OxyCon on January 21, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Bush once said “Bring it on…”

This at the time was the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

Obama wins. Because you don’t say or dare people to attack you. It’s easy to blame

Washington Fancy on January 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM

In my day they were called scrubs… I’m not sure someone with ak-r47 or a suicide vest with intent to committ a suicide bombing is exactly a JV

jaywemm on January 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

“If a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,”

Hey, I got a good idea, let’s taunt homicidal maniacs who have proven they love nothing more than killing Americans, to the point they’ll give their own life to accomplish the mission.

PatMac on January 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM

And Obysmal is on the VeeJay team. Valerie Jarrett leads the team.

onlineanalyst on January 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Whether it’s the varsity team or the jayvee team at AQ, there is only one degree of dead. AQ kill people and Obama is nonchalant about it. Very sad.

TulsAmerican on January 22, 2014 at 12:20 AM

The JV team killed our ambassador. And that’s… better?

The country is being run by fools who think us bigger fools.

evergreen on January 22, 2014 at 12:23 AM

Apparently the speculation about the WNBA is true.

rogerb on January 22, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Dear leader called Iran a tiny country and now AQ is JV is deemed glib. Where have these people been for the last 5 years?

Kissmygrits on January 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Video: Al-Qaeda a “jayvee” team?

“jayvee”, “Varsity”…..”what difference does it make?”

olesparkie on January 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM