Written by Allen West
In the run up to the 2012 election, President Obama proclaimed, “al-Qaida is on the run and decimated.” When the terrorist group showed its resilience and resurgence the new line from the Obama administration was, “Core al-Qaida has been defeated and decimated.” You really have to marvel at the liberal progressive ability to redefine the problem — in essence deny it — by changing the language. But that does not change the facts.
Al-Qaida is alive and well, and bigger than ever.
Of course you’ll never hear this from President Obama or his administration, but you will from the Washington Free Beacon:
A panel of terrorism and national security experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said Wednesday that al-Qaida’s brand is the strongest it has ever been, contrary to administration claims. Bruce Hoffman, the director of the Center for Security Studies, said that the terrorist group has become more dangerous and has a larger international presence than eight years ago. “You no longer have one big threat in one place with one clear leader, but many threats in a variety of places,” Hoffman said.
My greatest angst about our national security strategy is that we have so narrowly defined Islamic totalitarianism and its militant terrorist wing to the point that not only has al-Qaida grown, but Islamic jihadism overall.
Just by itself, al-Qaida currently controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the Middle East, according to CNN.
President Obama tries to dismiss the issue of Islamic terrorism, recently comparing the groups in Iraq and Syria to a low-level junior varsity (JV) basketball team. In fact, he has never truly acknowledged it.
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