Conflict between intel community, Obama administration over al-Qaeda strength and threat

posted at 9:21 am on May 22, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration dispatched dozens of troops into Chad to chase down Boko Haram this week, attempting to rescue more than 200 girls abducted from an al-Qaeda affiliate that the administration resisted adding to the list of foreign terrorist organizations for years. The resistance to adding this group to the State Department FTO list came from a mindset that insisted that AQ was on the run and that radical Islamist terrorism was not a direct threat to the US. Even the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate got blamed initially on local outrage over a YouTube video rather than the predictable culmination of an escalating series of attacks on Western interests by the Islamist terror networks that Western intervention had freed from Moammar Qaddafi’s anti-terrorism efforts.

The White House and the US intel community is on a collision course about the assessment of AQ, Eli Lake reported yesterday for The Daily Beast, and US security policy is in the crosshairs:

In 2012, the Obama administration produced a draft National Intelligence Estimate that reached a surprising conclusion: al Qaeda was no longer a direct threat to America. That classified assessment, which has never before been publicly disclosed, was in keeping with the message coming from the White House. President Obama rode to re-election in 2012 partly on the success of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. At rallies and in press conferences, the president and top officials publicly said al Qaeda was on the run.

But some senior U.S. intelligence officials, like Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn, fought hard against that assessment, which amounted to an official pronouncement of the American intelligence community’s collected wisdom. Flynn and his faction won a partial victory, striking the judgment that the terrorist group no longer posed a threat to the homeland. “Flynn and others at the time made it clear they would not go along with that kind of assessment,” one U.S. intelligence officer who worked on the al Qaeda file told The Daily Beast.  “It was basically: ‘Over my dead body.’”

Since that internal clash—and since Obama said in his 2012 State of the Union that “al Qaeda operatives who remain are scrambling, knowing that they can’t escape the reach of the United States of America”—the terror group has thrived throughout the Islamic world. In the last year alone, al Qaeda has established safe havens in LibyaSyria  and Iraq.

What about Afghanistan? While campaigning for president in 2007-8, Obama blasted the Bush administration for taking on Iraq while the fight in Afghanistan languished. Once in office, Obama increased troop strength (after a long delay, and only with a timetable for draw-down), and not long after declared al-Qaeda vanquished in Afghanistan. The administration has repeatedly asserted that fewer than 100 AQ assets remain in the country, but intel sources tell Lake that this claim is long out of date. Since the drawdown, AQ has returned with a vengeance:

At the same time, U.S. intelligence officers say, there is deep division within their ranks–and with the White House—about the strength of al Qaeda in the place where that war began: Afghanistan. The current estimate of the terror group’s presence there says that al Qaeda has a little more than 100 fighters in the country’s province of Kunar. That, these intelligence officers contend, is wildly out of date. “Al Qaeda has a presence all over Afghanistan today,” a senior U.S. intelligence official told The Daily Beast. “This is the conversation that no one wants to have. What are they going to do after 2014 when most of our troops will be gone?”

Lake brings us back around to Boko Haram. When US special forces killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011, they captured a treasure trove of communications that showed just how virulent the AQ network had become. Among that trove, these sources claim, were communications that showed in 2011 the direct connection between AQ and Boko Haram:

Many U.S. al Qaeda experts inside the intelligence community are also critical of the handling of the documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani lair. These experts lobbied to declassify many more than the handful that have thus far been released. Some of those documents that were initially slated to be declassified, according to two U.S. intelligence officials, were letters between leaders of Boko Haram and bin Laden. In other words, they showed that the Nigerian terror group, now infamous for its mass kidnappings, was tied to al Qaeda’s leader. Those records are still being kept under wraps. Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has openly called on the Obama administration to declassify all of the documents.

If true, that puts the decision to keep Boko Haram off the FTO list — and off the US counterterrorism radar — in an entirely new light. It appears at this time — and strongly, in the case of Benghazi — that the Obama administration wanted to believe AQ and its affiliates posed no threat and closed their minds to all evidence to the contrary, and so ignored real threats until far too late.

Not surprisingly, then, Obama’s finding it difficult to get any traction for further retreat:

In an ambitious address delivered a year ago Friday at the National Defense University, Obama said that the core of al-Qaeda was “on the path to defeat” and that the upcoming end of the war in Afghanistan had brought America to a “crossroads.”

But many of the changes Obama outlined have proved easier said than done, including new rules governing the use of force abroad, increased public information on and congressional oversight of lethal attacks with drones, and efforts to move the CIA out of the killing business.

Some initiatives have become mired in internal debates, while others have taken a back seat to other pressing issues and perceived new terrorism dangers. Congress, while demanding faster change in some areas, has resisted movement in others.

In a Senate hearing Wednesday, irate lawmakers criticized senior administration officials over the lack of follow-up with one of the strategy’s principal goals: Obama had said he was looking forward to “engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine and ultimately repeal” the nearly 13-year-old congressional authorization to use force against those individuals, groups and nations responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Since then, “he has been silent and done nothing,” said Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.), the senior Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Perhaps we should see more of the documents and more of the actual threat assessments before proceeding down this path.


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Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Politically motivated lying always. That’s all they do.

forest on May 22, 2014 at 9:28 AM

It is somewhat ironic – Obama’s strategy leaves many simply exhausted with frustration and anger.

As a result resistance actually wanes – as people just give up.

His strategy works – and the result is a depleted nation.

jake-the-goose on May 22, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Nice piece for The Fiscal Times this morning Ed.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-white-house-buck-stops-100000619.html

Renee on May 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Obama must absolutely seethe with rage that anyone tries to hold to account.

“Other dictators don’t have to put up with this crap.”
/The Won

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 9:29 AM

“Over my dead body.”

=

“I’m mad as heII”

is lesser or greater than

“I will not tolerate it.”

Bmore on May 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Rogerb, here’s one for the vault.

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The Obama strategy for any given issue or policy is simple.

Ignore it and it will go away.
Ridicule it, it will be ignored, it will go away.

DAT60A3 on May 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

That guy in US Intelligence better be careful cuz over my dead body can be arranged. Just ask Amb Stevens. Using drones to kill a select few top AQ appeals to Zero because it’s sneaky, like him.
Intel must have a fix on BH’s position is why the troops are going in at this late date or else the WH did a poll.

Kissmygrits on May 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Dog Eater personally killed Bin Laden using a Mini Tanto, what more do you want?

Bishop on May 22, 2014 at 9:32 AM


KRAUTHAMMER ‘The Buck Stops Nowhere’…

Might fit in here.

Bmore on May 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

C’mon this is Obama

Its all about the O

cmsinaz on May 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Why, no! We should trust the people that want everything unpleasant to just disappear go away so that we are left with nothing but rainbows and sunshine.

To liberals, a mind is a terrible thing to waste, so they share one.

DAT60A3 on May 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

So the intel community isn’t taking Biden’s word that GM is alive and al queda is dead.

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

You’re more ignorant than usual this morning. Choomed?

HumpBot Salvation on May 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

The feckless , leading the clueless, with official blather spun by lying sycophants manipulating a dazed and confused public, while the Dolt in Cheef, from the 18th green, laughs all the way to the Brave New World of his planned Fundamental Change…

vnvet on May 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Al Qaeda and the Arab League owe Obama something for all his help. They should at least let him rescue the girls.

Buddahpundit on May 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Perhaps we should see more of the documents

HAHAHAHAHAHA!! (gasp) HAHAHAHAHAHA!! More documents from this administration? HAHAHAHAHA!! You’re kill’in me…

right2bright on May 22, 2014 at 9:41 AM

When is the last time you saw anything in the media about our role in Afganistan?Is the war still on?

docflash on May 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I’m starting to think that this obama fellow is little more than a viscious partisan political hack, huckster and fraud.

/

Key West Reader on May 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Absolutely not. We should trust the word of a proven serial liar and his handlers who will do anything including murder to fool a few willing idiots and suck in a couple of votes for political gain. Yeah that’s the ticket. Let’s ask the families of the people who died in the Benghazi attack if Al-Qaeda is a threat. You need to give the libfree handle to someone else because you are truly dumb as a bag of hair. I liked the old libfree better. Hell his boytoy was better than you even if he couldn’t spell his own name.

Oldnuke on May 22, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Al Qaeda and the Arab League owe Obama something for all his help. They should at least let him rescue the girls.

Buddahpundit on May 22, 2014 at 9:40 AM

+100

Key West Reader on May 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Agreed. A healthy suspicion of the bureaucratic imperative (keep the bureaucratic apparatus funded) is vital. On the other hand, I have a healthy suspicion of the one of many liberal imperatives you are advancing here: protected classes and their prototypical representatives (in this case Barack Obama) may not be criticized.

However, Al Qaeda is the face of a broader movement (Islamic fundamentalism, Islamism, or more simply Islam) which is the latest chapter in an even broader historical current that being the clash between Islam and the West (Christendom now seeming almost an absurd notion in atheist Europe). Al Qaeda (not without interal debate) has been a proponent of the Far Jihad school of thought which maintains that the United States props up the oppressive apostatic regimes in Muslim countries at present; remove American support and those regimes fall. As such, the activities of Al Qaeda should be of greater interest to us, as opposed to ETA or FARC or Shining Path, all of whom are nasty customers, but have overt strategic designs upon us.

Events as of late demonstrate clearly that Al Qaeda is alive and kicking between Syria, Libya and Nigeria. Are they capable of another 9/11? Who knows? Should the opinion of the intel community be suppressed just to further Obama’s political narrative? I believe you would say yes, but would you say yes if it were George Bush shaping the narrative?

It’s unfortunate that you are only here to troll because it would make this forum a lot more interesting to have a thoughtful representative from your side engage in debate.

General Motors is dead. Al Qaeda is Alive. Anyone but Obama 2016.

dreadnought62 on May 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I’m starting to think that this obama fellow is little more than a viscious partisan political hack, huckster and fraud.

/

Key West Reader on May 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Oh c’mon, give him some credit. He’s much more than that. He’s a terrible golfer, sappy dresser, narcissist and a total jackwad among other things. I’m sure there are many other fine qualities that could be mentioned too.

Oldnuke on May 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Trust has nothing to do with it. Just look around at the daily damage these savages do.

You don’t need a weathermen to know which way the wind blows.

Mimzey on May 22, 2014 at 9:52 AM

So the intel community isn’t taking Biden’s word that GM is alive and al queda is dead.

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeorgan on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

You’re more ignorant than usual this morning. Choomed?

HumpBot Salvation on May 22, 2014 at 9:37 AM

…he’s just emulating his messiah!

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Obama ♥ ♥ ♥ the Muslim Brotherhood.

albill on May 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

docflash on May 22, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Considering that every time my son has a young friend go into military service they get sent to Afghanistan, I wonder too.
I fear for these young people with hearts of gold being sent there by this incompetent boob we call POTUS.

ORconservative on May 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I learned directly from civil affairs troops on the ground in Afghanistan that any reports originating form local Afghanis that AQ was operating in their areas were being slammed by O6 officers immediately higher up the command chain, and the reporting soldiers were reprimanded to never mention AQ again. This discouraged the honest collection and dissemination of intelligence and the only reason, in my estimation, would be that the orders came from higher up to stop reporting these facts or careers would be put in jeopardy.

Jay Bee on May 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

I’m starting to think that this obama fellow is little more than a viscious partisan political hack, huckster and fraud.

Key West Reader on May 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Oh c’mon, give him some credit. He’s much more than that. He’s a terrible golfer, sappy dresser, narcissist and a total jackwad among other things. I’m sure there are many other fine qualities that could be mentioned too.

Oldnuke on May 22, 2014 at 9:51 AM

KWR and Oldnuke. I can’t believe you failed to mention the trait that, above all, defines the rat-eared wonder.

Nobody is madder than Obama.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Let’s play this game.

Whatever we do, we should trust those climate experts whose jobs rely upon AGW being a perpetual threat.

lowandslow on May 22, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Considering that every time my son has a young friend go into military service they get sent to Afghanistan, I wonder too.
I fear for these young people with hearts of gold being sent there by this incompetent boob we call POTUS.

ORconservative on May 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Let’s remember two important facts about Capt. Kickass and his role as CINC.

First, he left the troops in Afghanistan swinging in the wind for over six months as he dithered over strategy- mostly the political implications of a surge. Needless lives were lost waiting for a decision.

Secondly, that 75% of all combat deaths in Afghanistan were after 20 Jan 2009.

Happy Nomad on May 22, 2014 at 9:59 AM

What he says is all that matters, not what he does. Get with the program!

MT on May 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Kind of makes you wonder if Obama reades the stuff they got from Bin Laden, or even listens to the experts on what was found.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I fear for these young people with hearts of gold being sent there by this incompetent boob we call POTUS.

ORconservative on May 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Unbelievable one man could make Johnson look a military genius, Nixon look like a piker, Carter look effectual, Clinton look moral and George Bush look small government.

MistyLane on May 22, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Bwahahahahahahah

GubRmints do not prevent wars; they start them. hoping and praying for them to bring us peace is the very definition of insanity (doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result).

Since 3600 BC, there have been more than 14,000 wars. That’s 14,000 wars over 5,600 years. And ALL of this took place in systems that were controlled by rulers of some type: politicians, princes, and so on. We have 5,600 years of evidence, and yet people are doing the same thing that failed in every one of the previous 5,600+ years.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on May 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Evidently King Barack the Magnificent believes his own bullshit.

Reality, on the other hand, can be a real bitch!

GarandFan on May 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I love how he just pronounces things, as if events will fall in line with his beautiful words. “I lead from behind, so please follow me up my own ass.”

Naked Emperor on May 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

I’ll think of you when these “Americans” fighting with terrorists in Syria begin returning to the US to turn on us.

The minute a mall or two in flyover country goes up in blood and smoke is the minute Dems get chased to the hinterlands for a generation.

BuckeyeSam on May 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Kind of makes you wonder if Obama reades the stuff they got from Bin Laden, or even listens to the experts on what was found.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM

They better declassify this information or people might start to think that this evidence has been ‘lost’.. ::coughBS::

Key West Reader on May 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I have realized for a long time that this whole outfit looks incompetent and less than ready for prime time but I have kept my imagination to rather small scale things. I’ve always thought that what the president gets briefed on daily would scare the average American sh!tless and would preclude any POTUS from doing or not doing something to keep us safe. I should have know better. We are being teed up for another big one and if it is suggested that The Won might have picked the driver, you are a racist. Not that you aren’t racist anyway.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Kind of makes you wonder if Obama reades the stuff they got from Bin Laden, or even listens to the experts on what was found.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Of course he doesn’t read or listen to anything that’s brought to him. He’s the smartest person in any room he’s in. Just ask him, he’ll tell you. Why would he need to pay attention to the advice of those beneath his superior intellect?

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Key West Reader on May 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Time for someone who values the country over his reputation to do some leaking. Preferably not to Fox but I’m not sure who can be trusted.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

It’s one thing to say that but believing it is another ball of wax. Setting us up for another 9/11.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Right, because if we did actually eradicate AQ, the intelligence community would cease to exist. You aren’t that stupid. But if you are, stop teaching.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM

American intelligence community’s collected wisdom.

That could fit in a tea cup.

Nice job on the post ED. You never used the words Muslim or Islam. CAIR has no reason to complain. I suppose some folks will have no idea who you are talking about.

BL@KBIRD on May 22, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Agreed, I think in the past what the presidents saw was pretty amazing…but this president only looks at how to dodge, weave, how not to address these problems.

Others were problem solvers, and thus made mistakes…when you make thousands of decisions, not all are good.

However, this guy makes no decisions and after awhile, the non decisions begin to build up and create a huge problem, a much larger problem.

Whomever comes in will have problems that will be almost insurmountable.

Not like Carter, he made what I consider bad decisions, but those can be reversed and were…Clinton the first four years made bad decisions, but wised up.

Obama doesn’t make decisions, doesn’t take action, unless forced to…to mess he is leaving behind will be almost impossible to correct.

right2bright on May 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Right, because if we did actually eradicate AQ, the intelligence community would cease to exist. You aren’t that stupid. But if you are, stop teaching.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM

He/she is not a teacher, that has been debunked long ago…they are just a blogger with an identity crisis.

right2bright on May 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

It’s one thing to say that but believing it is another ball of wax. Setting us up for another 9/11.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Look, these guys have been willing to stonewall about an attack on an American ambassador and, to date, have not brought one perpetrator of that attack to justice. That fact alone means they bought their own BS about al-Qaeda being on the run and still can’t bring themselves to believe any differently.

As far as another 9/11, you’re right about that.

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

He/she is not a teacher, that has been debunked long ago…they are just a blogger with an identity crisis.

right2bright on May 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

…little boys…would all agree!

KOOLAID2 on May 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Obama doesn’t make decisions, doesn’t take action, unless forced to…to mess he is leaving behind will be almost impossible to correct.

right2bright on May 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Community organizing doesn’t require decisions to be made.

His presidency directly reflects his life and work experiences.

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Obama in 2012: Re-elect me because I killed Bin Laden and decimated Al Qaeda and killed Qaddafi and made peace with Russia, not like those warmongers of the 1980′s.

Now, children, just move on down here to the voting booth, and vote for me, and don’t worry about that man with the bomb strapped to his chest or the man with the pressure cooker, or the other man with the Kalachnikov on the Ukraine border–he’s just training for the Olympic biathlon in Sochi.

Steve Z on May 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM

right2bright on May 22, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I don’t know which picture of him is worse, that he is indecisive or that he thinks the sheer power of being him keeps the world on its axis? I don’t know if I will buy impossible but I think we are in for some hard lessons.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Oh, you’re so sweet!

You think that some poor government workers might lose their jobs if the world moves on and their subspecialty is no longer relevant.

Don’t worry; we still have over 200 government workers busy administering the Strategic National Helium Reserve, in case the military needs to start using helium zepplins and barrage balloons again.

NOBODY’S gummint job is evah at risk, sweetie.

And yeah: please pass this nom onto someone else. Your mental fireworks make the original LFOD look like 500 lb smartbombs, and THAT is not an accomplishment to be proud of.

Dolce Far Niente on May 22, 2014 at 10:40 AM

I don’t know which picture of him is worse, that he is indecisive or that he thinks the sheer power of being him keeps the world on its axis? I don’t know if I will buy impossible but I think we are in for some hard lessons.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM

It’s actually both. Which is the worst possible picture.

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Community organizing doesn’t require decisions to be made.

His presidency directly reflects his life and work experiences.

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Absolutely correct.

An additional point is that he is apparently incapable of learning how to make decisions or administer an organization.

Most of us, after 5 years in a new position would be able to point to growing abilities, fewer mistakes and by the half-decade mark one would expect to have a complete mastery of whatever is required.

The fact that he appears to be marking time with no changes perceptible after this long is frightening.

Dolce Far Niente on May 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Bitter Clinger on May 22, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Isn’t it amazing that they (his puppet masters) can keep what I consider some rather large and startling personality problems hidden by glib words? And as long as they are educating our future voters it is going to get easier and easier.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Imagine how any GI dispatched to this savage world feels about his chances in the VA system should a Boko Haram SOB nail him?

Personally, I wouldn’t bother being a hero as long as this anti-military schmuck remains in the driver’s seat, because we know you can’t count on him for anything.

You have Boko Haram in front of you and Obama on your 6. Great, isn’t it?

dockywocky on May 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

What an utterly idiotic thing to say. If you feel intelligence experts in the employ of the government are so self-evidently corrupt that we have to assume that any threat they report is a lie geared toward keeping their jobs needed, why don’t you buck to have intelligence experts gotten rid of? I mean, if you feel they are self-evidently not needed, and the need for them is a self serving lie on their OWN part, why not call for us to get out of intelligence gathering altogether?

Dirty Creature on May 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The Obama administration dispatched dozens of troops into Chad to chase down Boko Haram this week

That line says it all.

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Yeah, AQ died with bin Laden.

formwiz on May 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM

GM is dead and AlQauida is alive, no matter what uncle Joe says.

Schadenfreude on May 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Does obama even attend the intel briefings. I always that there daily briefings held each morning. How would he know whats going on…..until he reads it in the paper the next day

jaywemm on May 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM

When I read things like this I can’t help but feel we are probably lucky he and his handlers do nothing. Just think how much damage he could do if he really did something.

crankyoldlady on May 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Hillary has to answer for why Boko was not put on the terrorist list. I suspect it may have to do with ties to the Muzz Brotherhood.

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

slickwillie2001 on May 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Probably advice she got from Mrs. Wiener.

Cindy Munford on May 22, 2014 at 11:56 AM

DUH…

PRE-2012 Election:

(O)’OBL is Dead, Al Qaeda is on the Run!’

(News): “What about Benghazi?”

(O): Oh THAT…that was all about a VIDEO.”

Good Grief!

easyt65 on May 22, 2014 at 12:28 PM

not only is this fool lying to us on domestic issues for political gain, he is lying to us on security issues which will get people killed. His whole MO is to sweep problems under the rug for 2 years and to let the next president deal with the mess he refuses to deal with or have created. He is a coward and a loathsome , arrogant, self centers little brat.

warmairfan on May 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Whatever we do, we should trust those intelligence experts whose jobs rely upon Al-Qaeda being a perpetual threat.

libfreeordie on May 22, 2014 at 9:27 AM

BelieveWhatLibSaysAndDie…gawd, the stupid is so, so very strong in this one, huh?

brentspolemics on May 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

In order for socialist policies to appear palatable to the dumb masses — say that five times fast — Al Qaeda has to be on the run. “Yes, yes,” the liberal insists, “outside threats are no more. We have conquered history and now may implement utopia — e.g., healthcare reform, etc.”

Their entire ideology relies on the world being a feel-good place where everyone loves everyone — except those pesky right-wingers. If only we could just shut them up for good, utopia would be within reach. …sounds to me like a “final solution.”

brentspolemics on May 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

In Chicago, the BS narratives of the powers-that-be take on a life of their own.

Unfortunately for Obama, the world is too big a stage for his attempts at manufacturing a reality that suits his agendas to play for very long. The world is what it is, and Obama’s attempts to portray it as something else are doomed to ultimate failure.

novaculus on May 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Really?

I thought the Left told me he was the smartest guy in the room?

I must be thinking of another rat-eared basturd.

socalcon on May 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

KRAUTHAMMER ‘The Buck Stops Nowhere’…

Might fit in here.

Bmore on May 22, 2014 at 9:34 AM

The ‘Buck’ is merely a hologram, with this administration.

socalcon on May 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The Left has a belief system based upon the premise that perceptions shape reality. According to this premise, Al Queda is no longer a threat because Al Queda is no longer a threat because Al Queda is no longer a threat. Therefore, Al Queda is no longer a threat. It is mantric in its simplcity, a nearly impregnable wall that keeps out logic, facts, reality.

Remember: Valerie Jarrett, the President’s closest advisor, ensures no one with opposing views has access to the President. Call her the Keeper of the Wall.

You know what punches holes in walls like this? Big fricking bombs–nuclear bombs maybe–made by North Korea, paid for by Iran, and smuggled into one of this country’s harbors by Muslim extremists eager to take credit.

It’s coming our way, and soon. The Obama Administration has been the most glaringly incompetent of any administration in modern memory. When will our enemies have an opportunity like this again?

troyriser_gopftw on May 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I fear for these young people with hearts of gold being sent there by this incompetent boob we call POTUS.

ORconservative on May 22, 2014 at 9:55 AM

I have utmost respect for our special forces. I feed the same as you.

As far as us calling him POTUS…

I still resist this tool. I can’t recall ever calling him “president” (even though I’m sure I have at one time or another). This occupier was foisted on us and can’t go soon enough. If I have to wait ’til Jan 2017, so be it. I hope he gets fired by Congress before then.

freedomfirst on May 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Tel Aviv Destroyed in Nuclear Explosion
Administration Spokesman: Definitely Not Al-Qaeda
“Angry” Obama Will Address Nation Tonight

For NYT file

spiritof61 on May 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

There were also truckloads of document captured in Iraq following the initial invasion. Most of those have not been released or translated.

This seems to be due to the Military/Intelligence over-classification fetish. After all, we are no longer in Iraq. The war is over, we left.

But there might be something in those documents that wouldn’t track with the “Bush Lied” narrative. So, classified and untranslated they remain.

schmuck281 on May 23, 2014 at 1:10 AM