Obama Already Moving Goalposts on his “Victory” over Al Qaeda

During the election, Obama ran on the claim that he had defeated Al Qaeda by killing Bin Laden. The problem with that was that Bin Laden was little more than a symbol at that point and Al Qaeda had evolved into numerous local franchises.

After the Benghazi mission attack, the takeover of Mali and the emergence of Al Qaeda as the strongest fighting group operating in Syria, it didn’t exactly look like Al Qaeda was on the way to defeat.

But Obama’s victories are won with terminology. If Al Qaeda isn’t done yet, just change the terminology and claim victory.

Obama appears to be backing away from his often-stated claim – a cornerstone of his 2012 campaign – that “al Qaeda is on the path to defeat.”

In a subtle but important shift three days ago during remarks nominating Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to be Secretary of State, Obama revised the assertion, stipulating that “the al Qaeda core is on the path to defeat.”

And core is helpfully enough a matter of definition. And guess who gets to make the definitions? The same guy who makes up the lies.

Al Qaeda’s presence in Afghanistan had been limited since the original attack, so it’s easy to claim victory there,  and maybe over some of the Al Qaeda presence on the Pakistan side of the border. Define that as the core and claim victory with more drone strikes on Al Qaeda leaders.

The trouble with that plan is that Al Qaeda has become a successful international terrorist movement, but it doesn’t matter if Al Qaeda takes over Syria and Libya, along with Mali, because they’re not the “core”.

Mission Accomplished.

  • Ghostwriter

    "What fools these mortals be."
    –William Shakespeare

    Sadly,President Obama's showing people that he's a biggest fool we've ever had in the White House.

  • LadyLiberty

    Victory he's working hand in hand with them!

    Syria militants use chemical weapons against Syrian forces

    Flashback to August

    Reality Check: Is Al-Qaeda An Enemy Or Not.

    Ben Swann Reality Check looks at a new report that the U.S. Government is funding the opposition in Syria including al Qaeda fighters.

    Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels


    Some U.S. lawmakers, such as Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, have criticized Obama for moving too slowly to assist the rebels and have suggested the U.S. government become directly involved in arming Assad’s opponents.

    Other lawmakers have suggested caution, saying too little is known about the many rebel groups.

    Recent news reports from the region have suggested that the influence and numbers of Islamist militants, some of them connected to al Qaeda or its affiliates, have been growing among Assad’s opponents.

    Now flashforward…

    REPORT: The US Is Openly Sending Heavy Weapons From Libya To Syrian Rebels

    Syrian Rebels Pledge Allegiance to Al-Qaeda

    Obama Recognizes Syrian TERRORISTS As Legitimate Representatives Of Syrian People

  • Clare

    Poignant poster. It'd make a good bus ad.

  • Mary Sue

    Moving goalposts is a specialty of the Liberals (particularly the Identity Politics and Stupid Hippie/Insane Peace At All Costs Crowds).

    That poster should be on every subway in America, every bus stop shelter, everywhere.

  • jakespoon

    Clearly,victory is what obama says it is. Maybe he should edit Funk and Wagnals for next edition.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Oh, the "core" is almost defeated? Silly, I thought before that I should care about his progress reports.