Al Qaeda: Bigger, Stronger & More Dangerous Than Ever

alfIn 2008, Senator Obama wrote an op-ed for the New York Times laying out his plan for Iraq. “I believed it was a grave mistake to allow ourselves to be distracted from the fight against Al Qaeda,” he wrote to explain his opposition to the Iraq War.

Obama’s plan for Iraq consisted of the obligatory Bush-bashing combined with the Democratic Party’s favorite counterintuitive talking point of the time claiming that, “only by redeploying our troops can we press the Iraqis to reach comprehensive political accommodation.”

It was a talking point that Obama would repeat over and over again in the Senate and on the campaign trail. And the more he repeated it, the less sense it made.

Why would the Sunnis and Shiites be more likely to reach an accommodation if American troops were no longer present in Iraq, with Iran leaving over the shoulders of the Shiite majority and Al Qaeda making a comeback as the defenders of the Sunni minority?

Obama never did get around to answering that question. During the Democratic primaries, he insisted that the best way “to pressure Iraq’s leaders to resolve their civil war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops. Not in six months or one year – now.”

Obama did not withdraw the troops “now.” He did not withdraw them in six months or in one year. He did fudge matters once in office by staging a fake withdrawal and renaming the mission and then staging a real withdrawal on the Bush timeline. And he left with the situation deteriorating to dangerous levels.

In his 2011 State of the Union address, he boasted of Iraq, “Violence is down, and a new government has been formed.” The ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner was belatedly hung and everyone moved on.

Except Al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda was hardly present in Afghanistan. But it was heavily present in Iraq. And it didn’t go away just because Obama stopped paying attention to it.

Now Al Qaeda in Iraq is trying to take over two countries at once; Iraq and Syria. It’s a big goal, but it knows that in Syria, Obama will help them and that in Iraq, he won’t do anything to stop them.

The United States has carried out drone strikes against Al Qaeda in Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan. But it hasn’t touched the largest concentration of Al Qaeda in the world in Syria where the Al Nusra Front has as many as 20,000 fighters and ISIS has 12,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria

30,000 Al Qaeda terrorists should be the world’s biggest target, but Obama is too busy pretending that they aren’t there.

In response to Al Qaeda in Iraq’s onslaught in that country where the terrorist group has reclaimed Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, the CIA will provide targeting information to the Iraqis while equipping them with surveillance drones and Cessna turboprop planes armed with Hellfire missiles.

It’s a ridiculously complicated way to try and duplicate the drone strikes that have worked so well in Pakistan without actually having a single American aircraft, even unmanned, in the skies over Iraq.

The convoluted workaround is a testament to how much Obama wants to avoid even the appearance of American forces returning to Iraq. Instead of protecting national security by preventing Al Qaeda from gaining the manpower, revenue and weapons to once again seriously threaten the United States, he is putting politics first.

Again.

The Iraq War is extremely unpopular and it was Obama and his fellow Democrats who helped make it that way. It was Obama who shamelessly campaigned on an early withdrawal promise that he had no intention of keeping, pretended that he had made an early withdrawal and eventually skipped out of Iraq rather than reach an agreement which would have alerted the public to his original lie.

The costs of that deceit can be seen in Anbar Province today. Obama claimed that he had a plan for Iraq. But there was no plan. There were only catchphrases and applause lines.

Despite repeatedly calling for a political solution in Iraq, as he now calls for a political solution in Afghanistan, Obama had no plan for achieving it. Instead he looked away from Iran’s penetration of Iraq and the resulting sharp split between Sunnis and Shiites. He ignored the escalation of Al Qaeda attacks and instead created a safe zone for Al Qaeda in Syria by backing the Sunni Jihadists of the Arab Spring.

Obama destabilized Iraq. Then he destabilized Syria. And both countries turned into playgrounds for Al Qaeda.

Obama still has no plan for dealing with that. Secretary of State John Kerry camps out in Jerusalem to pressure Israel into releasing more terrorists. The New York Times describes his larger goal as pushing for a worldwide mandatory Global Warming treaty in 2015. Iraq doesn’t appear anywhere on the list.

Kerry famously told students that if they didn’t get a good education, they would end up stuck in Iraq. American soldiers were offended by the joke, but it turns out that it’s possible to be so overeducated that you end up stuck in Iraq without ever knowing it. That is Kerry and Obama’s problem.

Neither man wants to touch Iraq with a thousand-mile pole, but Al Qaeda suffers from no such scruples.

Al Qaeda in Iraq isn’t just building bombs anymore. It’s playing around with chemical weapons. And it’s even experimenting with using drones to carry out chemical weapons attacks.

Last spring, Al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq were busted in a chemical weapons workshop with nerve gas in a plot to carry out attacks in Europe and the United States. Al Nusra Front terrorists were arrested in Turkey in possession of more nerve gas.

A few years ago, Al Qaeda’s worldwide numbers were miniscule. There were never more than a few dozen Al Qaeda in Afghanistan when Obama redeployed there and sacrificed the lives of over 1600 American soldiers. But there are now tens of thousands of Al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq.

With Iraq and Syria, Al Qaeda has gained access to manpower, weapons, both conventional and unconventional, and even oil, making it more powerful than it ever was. Even more powerful than its former Taliban hosts.

Al Qaeda in Iraq’s ranks doubled after the Obama pullout. They have since increased fivefold.

Under Obama, Al Qaeda has not only rebuilt, it has made gains that put it vastly beyond where it was before September 11. All the sacrifices and hard work were undone in a matter of years by Obama.

Back home, Iraq War vets are angry at the sight of Al Qaeda flags rising in Fallujah and Ramadi. More Americans died in Anbar Province than anywhere else. Now their sacrifices have been wasted.

Jeremiah Workman, a United States Marine who received the second-highest award for valor during the fighting in Fallujah, said, “My heart is aching right now.”

Obama has never stopped taking his victory lap over Osama, but Al Qaeda has gained new strength under him. Not only isn’t Al Qaeda on the run, as he falsely claimed during the election, but it is bigger, stronger and more dangerous than ever.

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  • truebearing

    Once a man named Osama was the reason Al-Queda grew into the world’s greatest terrorist organisation. Now a man named Obama facilitates their growth. He continues to passively encourage the rise of fanatical Islam, at the expense of all of humanity. It is only a matter of time before Al-Queda begin using WMDs, in Irag and eventually here.

    • defcon 4

      What’s the difference between 0-bama and osama? A little B.S.!

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    You can’t blame the growth of al Qaeda on Obama (just like the left used to blame the presence of al Qaeda in Iraq on Bush.) Al qaeda is merely the vanguard of the revival of Sunni fundamentalism. It’s the branding of jihad’s most vicious fighters. The Koran inspires al Qaeda as it evident from recruits from around the world.

    You correctly point out that the Shiite threat to Sunni strong holds is a rallying point for al Qaeda. Iraq (like Afghanistan) is on the Sunni-Shiite fault line. This is a civil war that neither Bush nor Obama created. Obama acts as if al Qaeda is just a specific criminal organization and he has taken out most of the leaders at the organizations headquarters in Pakistan. Sadly, the religion, with Saudi help, will inspire new recruits daily.

    We need a discussion of a proper strategy to defend ourselves from this threat. Given that we aren’t going to eliminate the source (Islam) nor even acknowledge and discuss the source, it doesn’t seem likely that either Party is prepared to put forth appropriate policy.

    • USARetired

      And John McCain can be added to your list of Al Qaeda supporters as well!
      And why has everyone quit talking about Obama’s membership in the Muslim Brotherhood, after Egypt outed him?

  • USARetired

    Thanks to Obama and McCain’s support ! They now have all the military hardware they need.

  • A Z

    “only by redeploying our troops can we press the Iraqis to reach comprehensive political accommodation.” – Obama

    This strategy works sometimes. We redeployed troops from South Korea to Iraq because of the strain of the war. There have been more than a few demonstrations against American troops due to accidents, criminal behaviour of a very few troops or egged on by leftists activists. more south Koreans were concerned about the redeployments than ever wanted to protest the troops.

    But this was not the case in Iraq. It had the opposite effect. Maliki decided he did not have to play fair with Sunni politicians. The rest is history. So we suffer from Obama’s poor reasoning.

  • charles simmonds

    before Bush Junior, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz & Co. invaded Iraq on false pretexts there was no Al Qaeda presence in that country

    • Porkys2istan

      Exactly.

      When Bush Senior ousted Saddam from Kuwait in ’91 he did NOT press on to Baghdad for a reason, despite all the Neo-Cons frothing at the mouth for an all out war. Iraq was one of the FEW middle east countries that was NOT cozening up to jihadis* at that time. The Baath party dictatorship was based on Communist Arab nationalism, and not islamic supremacy.

      (*The Kool-Aid swallowers will now point out about a dozen terrorist links to Saddam, ignoring the THOUSANDS of terrorist links to Saudi Arabia and Iran at that time, AND STILL TODAY.)

      Conservatives with selective memories, like Daniel, simply show their inability to think coherent thoughts or make rational arguments without resorting to deception (or omissions).

      This doesn’t excuse Obama’s obvious blunders. But any conservative who bashes Obama for what Bush also did shows himself to be disingenuous and dishonest.

    • JamesJ

      Obama said AQ is on the run. He didn’t lie again, did he?

  • Drakken

    I can’t wait until those islamist in Iraq/Syria go back to Europe and the west, and when TSHTF and leftist can no longer say islam is the religion of peace and that it is only a few bad apples are doing this, it will no longer be possible to cover up the muslims and what their intentions are, let the games begin.

  • Walter Sieruk

    About the dangerous and muderous jihadist terror entitiy al Qaeda. This as well as other likeminded Islamic terror groups base their heinous violence on the militant jihadism of Islam, Sura 9:111,112. 47:4. With that stated it may be illustrated that if Islam is represented as a tree then the fruit of that tree is al Qaeda along with other similar deadly jihadist groups.,With this in mind the Wisdom of the teachings of Jesus very much apply here. For Jesus taught “Ye shall know them by their fruits, Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thisles ? Even so every good tree bringth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a crrupt tree bring forth good fruit. After saying this Jesus told them what he told them when he stated “By their fruit ye shall know them.’ Matthew 7:16,18,19,20.[KJV] In conclusion, Islam is a corrupt tree and also a false religion, Proverbs 14;12. John 14:6.

  • celador2

    The ME is so destabilized no one is safe who was an ally and we are not safe since Al Q target the US. Arab Springs aided Al Q and arming Syrian ‘rebels’ as Hillary and McCain want to do aids Al Q.
    To exit Iraq now means Kurds are at risk of ethnic cleansing by Sunni as were Kurds in Syria by Al Q ‘rebels,’ as UN reported.

    • Porkys2istan

      All the middle east countries were ARTIFICIALLY created by the colonial powers

      If Iraq disintegrates the Kurds will be fine. . Northern Iraq is 40% of Kurdistan (40% in Turkey, 10% in Syria, 10% in Iran). They control their own oil, and they have their own well trained and militarily equipped militias. They ‘pretend’ to be part of Iraq but they are already autonomous.

      Southeastern Iraq is part ‘Greater Persia / Shiastan’ along with Iran and Kuwait and a small part of Saudi Arabia. They do NOT control their own oil and Baghdad steals their revenues.

      The Sunni minority, who align with Al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, are in the middle and have no oil wealth other than what they steal from the Shia majority in the South. Sooner or later, Baghdad will fall (or be abandoned) and crumble to dust without stolen oil wealth.

      Conservatives keep furthering the lie that ‘Iraq is Salvageable’, when it never existed in the first place.

      • defcon 4

        What are the Kurds but Sunni islam0nazis?

  • pennant8

    We need to stay off the ground in all Muslim countries. Once we put troops on the ground in any Muslim country we are by default fighting in the service of Islam. It doesn’t matter which side we align with. For us infidels there is no “good” side. Our guiding principle should be that we will no longer expend American blood and treasure refereeing disputes between Muslims. On the other hand, if AL-Qaeda or any of its cousins move against a non-Muslim country, and that country asks us for military assistance then we should by all means respond and stop the incursion dead in its tracks with enough force to send a clear message that Muslim miltants should confine themselves to fighting amongst themeslves and that we in the non-Muslim world have exhausted our tolerance..

  • Hass

    Let them establish a 6th Century Haven and cut them off. How long do you think they can last without Western science?
    Then sit back and watch them kill each other off.

    • Dyer’s Eve

      I like your last sentence. I live for such a thing.

    • Jackson

      Sit back and watch them.snack bar at each other.

  • Newspaniard

    As the USA administration is currently run by islamists, of course blind eyes are going to be turned from the atrocities of their brothers. The revelation that AQ now have access to chemical weapons makes the Syrian government far less likely to have used them against their own people, but, of course, that is another piece of information that the American government fail to recognize.

    • defcon 4

      Why even bother to use the P.C. term “islamist” anymore? Such a concept relies on the implicit assumption that there is a “moderate” or “good” islam somewhere.

  • Jackson

    What can we expect from a Muslim Heaven?
    More and more Paedophile Worshipping I suppose which always leads to one thing, Muslims killing Muslims.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The popular notion that all so-called terrorists are somehow either AQ or AQ related in every instance is ludicrous. So is the notion that the major threat emanating from Islam is primarily terrorism. The harsh reality is all Muslims in the world are jihadists in one form or another, either violent jihadists (a tiny minority) or non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists (the vast overwhelming majority). As waging jihad (holy war) in one form or another, either violently or non-violently via stealth and deception, to ultimately make Islam supreme is a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims, and it’s not like Muslims have much of a choice in the matter either, as in Islam one is either a Muslim and also a jihadist at the same time in one form or another, or otherwise a blasphemous apostate that according to the texts and tenets of Islam must be executed. As Islam, far from being a faith-based religion, in reality is a very rabid form of totalitarianism and mind control combined with a dash of religion thrown in, which makes it a cult, a very totalitarian cult as opposed to being a faith-based religion.

    With respect to Iraq, we should have ousted and killed Saddam Hussein and then gotten the heck out of Dodge ASAP. With respect to Afghanistan, we should have ensured that OBL and his ilk didn’t escape and were eradicated in retaliation for 9/11 instead, then gotten the heck out of there. The last thing we should have done in either location was to occupy those Islamic countries to pursue silly fantasy-based nation building missions to attempt to turn the Islamic world into a beacon of democracy.

    Yet, that is exactly what that moron GWB did, because obviously he was dumb enough to stupidly believed his own hype that Islam somehow is a so-called “religion of peace” and that the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims in the world are exactly like the peace loving adherents of other religions. Despite the very obvious reality that every Islamic majority country in the world is either totalitarian or authoritarian, and in all of them without even a single exception resident non-Muslim infidels are harshly abused and violently oppressed as dhimmis while Muslim females are treated worse than animals.

    Indeed, GWB and the Republican Party are married to the cult of PC multiculturalism just as much as Obama and the Dhimmicrat Party are also married to the cult of PC multiculturalism. Therefore, exactly like all people that are married to the cult of PC multiculturalism they are all blind as a bat when it comes jihad (holy war), which they both like to reduce down to just terrorism perpetrated by a tiny minority of extremist Muslims, as opposed to a perpetual jihad (holy war) being waged by the entirety of the Islamic ummah to ultimately make Islam supreme.

    Thus, the inevitable results were that both nation-building missions in Iraq and Afghanistan turned into the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history, while mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, which, by the way, should have been banned and reversed as a direct result of 9/11 because common sense dictates that zero Muslims in America translates to zero jihad (holy war) in America, were expanded nonetheless.

    Meanwhile, at the same time and like a Dhimmicrat on steroids, GWB also undertook the greatest expansion in the size, scope, and power of the federal government since FDR was president via the creation of the massive Department of Homeland Security and the humongous National Intelligence Directorate, in order to allegedly protect the homeland from the scourge of terrorism, except for the fact that Muslims aren’t terrorists at all, but jihadists instead waging holy war (jihad) to ultimately make Islam supreme.

    Nevertheless, just like the two fantasy-based nation building missions in Iraq and Afghanistan inevitably turned into the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history, GWB’s massive expansion in the size, scope, and power of the federal government also inevitably turned into the biggest and most intrusive strategic boondoggles ever in American history.

    Indeed, both major political parties are lying through their teeth today about the badly misnamed so-called “war on terror” while they point the finger at each other and try to smear each other for those disgraceful failures they are both responsible for, which are rooted in the cult of PC multiculturalism. Meanwhile, they both still haven’t learned their fricking lesson yet and as a result remain terribly incompetent.

  • aol

    “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your hands; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

  • carpe diem 36

    we are fighting two wars: the war on poverty and the war on terror.
    in the first war poverty won. in the second war terror won. is this a great country or what???