Covert Mission Thwarts Al-Qaeda


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There are other notable al-Qaeda success stories as well. It planted its flag on a Benghazi courthouse in post-Gaddafi Libya last November, and has made inroads into the Syrian opposition attempting to overthrow butcher Bashar Assad, a reality revealed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee in February. Thus, it appears the demise of the organization responsible for 9/11 has been greatly exaggerated.

Despite these sobering assessments, one of the reasons the administration likes the focus to remain on al-Qaeda is that it takes the focus off other inconvenient truths. For example, instead of pursuing victory in Afghanistan, the Obama administration has not only been negotiating with the Taliban, but secretly releasing high-level Taliban detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan — with the warning that if they are caught attacking American troops, they will be detained once again. Measured against the Taliban’s long record of savagery, such a warning amounts to delusional thinking.

Delusional thinking, seemingly the essence of the Obama administration’s diplomatic efforts, also appears to be the prime mover with respect to Iran. That nation continues to move inexorably towards a nuclear weapon, based on its own apocalyptic-generated vision aimed at realizing a worldwide Muslim Caliphate that is every bit as radical (if not more so) as the one al-Qaeda continues to pursue.

It is a vision, despite all current claims to the contrary, shared by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB), representatives of whom were invited to the White House in April, despite their the Supreme Guide’s call for jihadism against the United States in October of 2010. Let us also not forget $1.5 billion commitment to the new Egyptian government whose parliament is controlled by the MB, ruled the day. “We believe that it is in the interest of the United States to engage with all parties that are committed to democratic principles, especially nonviolence,” said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor. “In all our conversations with these groups, we emphasize the importance of respect for minority rights, the full inclusion of women, and our regional security concerns,” he added. One suspects a written agreement specifically tied to the $1.5 billion in foreign aid would be more effective.

Yet measured against these disturbing realities, the disruption of another plot by al-Qaeda to blow up a jetliner is welcome news, and all ideological differences notwithstanding, credit must be given to the administration for disrupting another plot aimed at killing hundreds of innocents. Yet that success hardly buttresses the characterization of al-Qaeda as a dying organization. The CIA uncovered the plot last month in Yemen, which, as mentioned above, is one of al-Qaeda’s breeding grounds. They retain de facto control in part of that nation, illuminated by their ability to successfully engage Yemeni government troops only 25 hours after a CIA-operation drone took out Fahd al-Quso, who was wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 American sailors. Al-Qaeda attacked a Yemeni army base in the southern part of that nation, killing 22 soldiers and capturing 25.

As for the bomb itself, currently being examined by the FBI, the new detonating device demonstrates the terror organization’s ability to further modernize its bomb-making capabilities. Capabilities thought to be the handiwork of Saudi-born Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the 28-year-old explosives expert who constructed the first “underwear bomb” and two others that al-Qaeda built into printer cartridges and shipped to the U.S. on cargo planes in 2010. And if al-Asiri is not responsible? As the AP more ominously puts it, the bomb may be the work of “one of his students.”

Al-Qaeda’s ability to find new countries to use as recruitment and terror bases, attach itself to similar ideological movements, and insert itself into power vacuums emanating from the Arab Spring, even as it upgrades its weapon-making capabilities, hardly indicates an organization on the wane. Yet president Obama remains sanguine. “This time of war began in Afghanistan, and this is where it will end,” he contended near the end of speech to the troops during his recent visit.

Every trip through security in an American airport says otherwise.

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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.