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Al Qaeda on the Run?

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 7, 2013

During the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, President Obama wore his prowess as a terrorist fighter like a gunslinger wore six guns in the old West.  Not only did he often brag that he got bin-Laden, but his administration did miss a chance to leak details of the raid or of the many drone strikes used to assassinate terrorist suspects in foreign countries.

The narrative created by team Obama was that the President was strong on national defense and unrelenting in going after terrorists.  In conclusion Al Qaeda was on the run because of Obama’s tactics and Americans were safer as a result.

Then came the 9/11 2012 terrorists attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the US ambassador to Libya.  Coming just as the 2012 presidential election campaign was heating up, this had the potential to put a dent in the President’s carefully crafted narrative.  As a result the Administration, at first through Susan Rice and then President himself, initially blamed an innocuous YouTube video for causing an unplanned riot in Benghazi.  That explanation was known to be false at the time it was offered.

This past weekend the President ordered the closing of 19 American embassies throughout North Africa and the Middle East.  Taking Obama at his word, this was a necessary action to protect American lives.  However, it then shows that his narrative that Al Qaeda is on the run is just as false as the Benghazi attack being the result of a spontaneous demonstration protesting a YouTube video.

Al-Qaida on the Run


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