The Washington Times reports that while the president was campaigning last year and touting the “decimation” of al Qaeda as one of his accomplishments, he knew differently from classified briefings;
The gulf between the classified briefings and Mr. Obama’s pronouncements on the campaign trail touched off a closed-door debate inside the intelligence community about whether the terrorist group’s demise was being overstated for political reasons, officials told The Washington Times.
Many Americans believed when they voted in November that the president was justifiably touting a major national security success of his first term. After all, U.S. special operations forces succeeded in May 2011 in capturing and killing the al Qaeda founder and original leader, Osama bin Laden, in Pakistan.
Of course, we knew he was lying to our collective face and voters should have seen through the thin veil that this administration cast over their snappy campaign phrases. We had friends in Africa facing al Qaeda. It was al Qaeda’s black banners that went over the walls of our embassies in Egypt and Libya. Al Qaeda has made a resurgence in Iraq and thrives in the maelstrom of the Syrian Civil War. The French are currently chasing al Qaeda around central Africa.
We were told last year that there were about a dozen al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan, yet they’re credited with market suicide bombings in that country at least once every week. Using the Obama Administration’s math, they should have blown themselves up by now.