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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

 

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE PANICKED EMBASSY CLOSINGS


Glenn Reynolds:



PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE PANICKED EMBASSY CLOSINGS: White House: ‘Core’ of al Qaeda remains ‘greatly diminished.’
Other headlines from Glenn.

INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WARNED ABOUT EMBASSY ATTACKS FOR MONTHS: “Why Is This Coming Out Now?”
UPDATE: Note this: “An intelligence official said the controversial NSA programs that gather data on American phone calls or track Internet communications with suspected terrorists played no part in detecting the initial tip.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: How Obama Got The Al Qaeda Threat So Wrong.

So, are we wagging the dog?

From RARE: How Obama got the al Qaeda threat so wrong
In May, Barack Obama told an audience at the National Defense University that the core of al Qaeda was “on the path to defeat.” The “future of terrorism,” Mr. Obama predicted, would involve “more localized threats,” on the order of “the types of attacks we faced before 9/11,” such as the 1988 Lockerbie bombing or the 1983 attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut. “Dealt with smartly and proportionately,” he added, “these threats need not rise to the level that we saw on the eve of 9/11.” He ended by calling for repeal of the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force—Congress’s declaration of war on al Qaeda.

On Monday, the front page of The Wall Street Journal ran with this headline: “Regrouped al Qaeda Poses Global Threat.” The second shortest distance in Washington now runs between an Obama speech and its empirical disproof.
Community organize this, Bozo!

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