Obama’s Overseas Contingency Operation: Bill Kristol Says … A Year Ago Barack Obama Said Al Qaeda Is On The Run, “And Now We Seem To Be On The Run”
Barack Obama played presidential reelection politics during the 2012 Presidential election with the war on terror and boasted that Al-Qaeda was on the run, decimated on on the path to destruction. Now flash-forward to 2013 and nothing could be further from the truth. As stated at Legal Insurrection, how did a “Decimated” al-Qaeda causes U.S. to shut embassies and go on high alert? You can’t blame this one on George W. Bush, although I am sure Obama will find some one to find fault with other than himself and his failed policies.
The most damning comment Kristol made was ” … year ago the president said Al Qaeda is on the run. And now we seem to be on the run.” And that appears to be the case. Suddenly, after Americans were told that Obama was well on the way to defeating terrorism, we find out quite the contrary. Isn’t it rather peculiar though that in an election year, just one month before the actual election that Benghazi was attacked on September 11, 2012 after months of warnings of terror threats and requests for fortifying the Consulate. However, in a non-election year, after Barack Obama wins 4 more years, he is willing to make unprecedented closings of dozens of Embassies and Consulates acrodd the Middle East and North Africa. Obama could not even see fit to address Benghazi during the 2012 presidential election and went with the lie that it was a result of a video tape.
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From Real Clear Politics:
BILL KRISTOL, THE WEEKLY STANDARD: Four years ago President Obama gave a much heralded speech as outreach to the Muslim world. And now, four years later we are closing embassies throughout the Muslim world. The year ago the president said Al Qaeda is on the run. And now we seem to be on the run. I’m not criticizing the decision to close the embassies. That’s probably the right thing to do for the sake of trying to save American lives and others, but it’s a terrible thing. That, you know, just a year ago boasting Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead. And now an unprecedented closure of 22 embassies and the travel alert, which lasts for a month, which incidentally — I’m not sure people understand that State Department hates to do that.
You know, this — this is the highest level of the — the travel advisory they do (inaudible), and the travel alert, every host government dislikes that. It cuts tourism. They are objecting to the ambassadors there, the ambassadors are cabling back to the State Department saying, travel alert, are you sure we have to do that? For the U.S. government and the State Department to issue a travel alert for the next month means the threat is serious.