Obama Has Vanquished al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad Not a Concern?
By Grizzly Joe
In his State of the Union Address last night, President Obama portrayed himself as the vanquisher of “al Qaeda and their affiliates.” Recognize that Obama never speaks of Islamic Jihad generally; his preferred term is “extremists.” This rhetorical ploy is designed to make uninformed Americans believe the danger of Islamic Jihad has been mitigated. Obama would have us believe, at the very least, that because the al Qaeda of 9/11/01 arguably no longer exists; we are no longer in danger from THAT al Qaeda. That al Qaeda has morphed into an entirely different entity seems of no import to President Obama. Further, Islamic Jihadists wholly unrelated to the al Qaeda of today (or the al Qaeda of 9/11/01) are completely ignored by President Obama. Recall the Administration’s recent efforts to portray the Benghazi attacks of 9/11/12 as unrelated to al Qaeda, despite evidence that the attacks were at least the work of Islamic Jihadists. Does it matter whether one is killed by an al Qaeda member or a Jihadist with no al Qaeda links? G-d forbid Obama should mention Benghazi and Islamic Jihad in the same sentence! Obama is trying to lull low-information Americans into a false sense of complacency because, according to him, al Qaeda has been effectively eliminated:
Of course, as we speak, al Qaeda and their affiliates continue to plan attacks against us. Thanks to our intelligence and law enforcement professionals, we’re disrupting plots and securing our cities and skies. And as extremists try to inspire acts of violence within our borders, we are responding with the strength of our communities, with respect for the rule of law, and with the conviction that American Muslims are a part of our American family. (Applause.)
We’ve also taken the fight to al Qaeda and their allies abroad. In Afghanistan, our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan security forces. Our purpose is clear: By preventing the Taliban from reestablishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.
Thanks to our heroic troops and civilians, fewer Afghans are under the control of the insurgency. There will be tough fighting ahead, and the Afghan government will need to deliver better governance. But we are strengthening the capacity of the Afghan people and building an enduring partnership with them. This year, we will work with nearly 50 countries to begin a transition to an Afghan lead. And this July, we will begin to bring our troops home. (Applause.)
In Pakistan, al Qaeda’s leadership is under more pressure than at any point since 2001. Their leaders and operatives are being removed from the battlefield. Their safe havens are shrinking. And we’ve sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian Peninsula to all parts of the globe: We will not relent, we will not waver, and we will defeat you. (Applause.) Excerpted from “Text of Obama’s State of the Union Address” (as delivered) Wall Street Journal Online 1/28/14