Covert Mission Thwarts Al-Qaeda

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On Monday it was revealed that the CIA had thwarted a new al-Qaeda-sponsored terror plot hatched in Yemen. The scheme was brought down by a man said to have been a mole for the CIA and Saudi intelligence. After infiltrating the Yemeni cell, the agent enlisted in a suicide mission designed to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner, but turned over his equipment and intelligence once the plan was set in motion. The success of the counterterrorism mission — a story full of intrigue, double agents and high-stakes deception — is a testament to the prowess of U.S. defense capabilities, to be sure. Yet, the event also serves as a grim reminder that recent declarations by Obama surrogates suggesting that the war on terror is “over” have been overstated, to say the least.

On Tuesday, John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, contended that the discovery of the plot indicates that al-Qaeda remains a threat to the United States a year after Bin Laden’s death. Keep in mind, however, that Mr. Brennan himself revealed in 2009 that the terms “war on terrorism,” “jihadists” and “global war” were no longer acceptable within the Obama White House. At the time, he did concede that we were still “at war with al-Qaida,” yet he insisted that using the three above terms gave the terrorist organization unwarranted legitimacy, and further implied that America is at war with all of Islam.

The “we’re only at war with al-Qaeda” motif was amplified by an unnamed “senior State Department official” in a National Journal article written by Michael Hirsh in April 2012. “The war on terror is over,” said the official. “Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”

Despite the ridiculous assertion by Hirsh that, if Osama bin Laden were still alive, he “would see a U.S. administration that, having killed most of bin Laden’s confederates, is now ready to move into a post-al-Qaeda era and engage with Islamist politicians as long as they renounce violence and terrorism,” al-Qaeda remains a potent force. Yemen, Pakistan Nigeria and Somalia represent relatively new and fertile feeding grounds for the terrorist organization — unless one wishes to engage in another round of semantic obscurantism. Such obscurantism attempts to ignore the reality that groups such as Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba, Nigeria’s Boko Haram, and Somalia’s al Shabaab espouse the very same jihadist ambitions as al-Qaeda in Iraq, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Furthermore, leaders of these affiliates have sworn “bayat,” or loyalty, to current al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, even as they offer him funding and fighters. The Wall Street Journal’s Seth Jones offers the ultimate reality check: “None of these organizations existed a decade ago,” he writes.

Hirsh’s other contention, that the so-called Arab Spring “opened up new channels of expression, supplying for the first time in decades an alternative to violent jihad” is also undone. Documents taken from Bin Laden’s compound and reviewed by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reveal that Bin Laden was seeking a way to “reattach al-Qaeda to the Muslim mainstream.” Ignatius re-iterates the success al-Qaeda has enjoyed in Yemen, but he notes that Egypt’s Salafist party, “which like al-Qaeda traces its roots to the Islamist theorist Sayyid Qutb, has 13 seats in the new Egyptian parliament.” He refers to such political successes as “electoral bin Ladenism.”

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  • Michael

    This latest news doesn't seem like much of a plot. An agent asked for a bomb, so they gave him one. Exactly the type of bomb an American agent would expect. PR for Obama that tells us nothing about the enemy except that they're still trying to find new ways to kill us.

    • Amused

      oh get your head screwed on straight Michael , yoiu may et a few thumbs up here , but anywhere else you make a fool of yourself .

  • ObamaYoMoma

    If our political elites weren't selling us out, Islam in the USA would already be outlawed and mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, which is really covert and deceptive non-violent jihad for the purpose of mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest, would already have been banned and reversed. Thus, we wouldn't have to waste hundreds of billions of dollars annually trying to protect the homeland. In fact, zero Muslims in America would equal zero violent jihad attacks, and at the same time end the much greater threat stemming from mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest. I mean if they can't even enter the country, then it would be impossible to perpetrate violent jihad attacks.

    Why must Americans sacrifice their heretofore constitutionally protected rights and freedoms and waste hundreds of billions of dollars annually just to accommodate mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage that is really covert and deceptive non-violent jihad for the purpose of mass Muslim infiltration and stealth demographic conquest? Do other comparable immigrant groups cost nearly as much to accommodate, and do other immigrant groups also resist assimilation and integration like only Muslim immigrants? Meanwhile, there isn't a place on the planet where Muslims have successfully assimilated and integrated, because Muslims don't migrate to assimilate and integrate. Instead, they migrate only to eventually subjugate and dominate via the imposition of Sharia to make Islam supreme. What are out incompetent political elites up to?

  • tagalog

    What was going through the minds of the members of the Obama administration when they revealed the bomber to be a CIA agent? I mean, yes, he's known now to al-Qaeda and the Muslim world, but why broadcast the fact? Are they trying to seal the poor guy's doom?

  • EthanP

    But as usual, the Obama admins crowing has released too much info. When the Bush admin leaked, it was usually disgruntled lefties trying to hurt Bush. Obama doesn't need any help.

  • steven L

    What about the infiltration of Iran in S, C and North America?
    Naive, stupid or both.
    Until Islam is reformed Muslims are at war with the rest of the world.

    • mcwrath

      What the world needs are a billion muslim apostates. As Islam cannot be reformed since those orders to jihad came from muhammad/allah. Radical islamists are to islam what ronseal is to paint…it does exactly what it says on the tin.

  • Amused

    "What it tells me about the war on terror " is , that we still have enemies , and to stay any longer in Afghanistan is folly . We have satellites , internet eavesdropping , telecom / cellphone eavesdropping capabilities , successful spies as this one in the headlines . We also have unlimited drones and fighter/bomber jets .

    • tagalog

      We do not have unlimited drones and fighter/bombers. We have finite numbers of them, and, in the case of the fighter/bombers, they're getting a bit long in the tooth.

      • Amused

        How much have we spent on Afghanistan and Iraq ? How many drones can that buy ? Enough to take care of whoever we track and target . How many jet fighter/bombers are needed to take out terror camps with smartbombs ? We had enough to bomb Iraq into the stoneage , Afghanistan as well . We have the tools to accomplish it without boots on the ground , being sitting ducks .Aside from so far being ineffective , having 100,000 troops ANYWHERE for extended campaigns has enormous costs .

        • Amused

          LOL….reality – facts – two things the partisan psychology rejects . It's not your fault tagalog ….it's your brain that ain't working right . btw the way " unlimited " was a figure of speech , meaning we can manufacture as many as is needed . Is English your first language ?

  • Rifleman

    I'd prefer we didn't hear how we catch terrorists, myself, until after the war.

  • Amused

    You mean in 10 years at the very least ? I wanna know when Al-Quyeda's # 1 finally gets his dirt nap , I wanna know when this P.O.S. bomb-maker gets his dirt nap …the details really dont matter but they did with Bin laden , now no one wants to know ? ….as far as that Saudi -CIA operative ? The moment he handed that bomb over to the CIA , he was outed . You people oughta learn how to accept victories like this even if you hate your President ,it's score one for the USA and because this is the way this war will be ,and victories will be bit by bit ,Al-Queda's not a single country .

  • Amused

    LOL….."after the war " LOL….neither you nor I may not be alive when that happens .

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  • RonCarnine

    The war on terror is over, my fanny. It is just started. It will never be over as long as Islam welds its ugly head. It is aiming for a universal caliphate and will not stop until it is achieved. Then, you will either convert to Islam and become a Muslim, or you will come a slave or you will be in your grave. There is no other option. That isn't just my opinion, Islam makes no bones about it. Read the Koran. Listen to their teachers. Read this blog and Jihad Watch. Listen to what other non-Muslim teachers are saying. While there may be differences of opinion on a few points, they all agree on the major points and warn about the dangers we face ahead. It may not happen in my life time, but my children and grandchildren will face it. I teach them the truth about Islam and warn the to be prepared. Hopefully, I've taught them enough.