I’ll say this much for Clapper, when it comes to saying things in public that Obama doesn’t want to hear, he’s certainly on a roll.
Al-Qaida is not on the run, and after being hunted for two decades it is not on the path to defeat. That’s the sobering message from two top intelligence leaders, National Intelligence Director James Clapper and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Michael Flynn during a Senate Armed Services committee hearing Tuesday.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., hearkened back to past comments from the Obama administration about the impending defeat, or at least decline, of the terrorist network. “People keep talking about [how] al-Qaida is on the run, on the path to defeat…. To me it’s just the opposite of that,” the committee’s ranking member said. “Is al-Qaida on the run, and on the path to defeat?”
“No,” Clapper replied.”It is morphing and franchising itself, not only here but in other areas of the world.”
“They are not,” Flynn confirmed.
President Obama has indeed said that core al-Qaida leadership is on the run—and touted how the U.S., under his leadership, conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
Obviously what Clapper is saying is both fact and common sense. The JayVee distinction that Obama tried to draw in order to defend his political claim doesn’t hold up too well. This state of affairs was exactly why Al Qaeda was set up.
If James Clapper had answered anything else but what he did, he would have been unqualified to hold his present post. But the intriguing question though is did Clapper even understand why he was being asked that question or has he fallen this far out of the political loop?
After this, his days in his current job just might be numbered.