February 13, 2013

Obama's Delusions of a Defeated al Qaeda

I'm never sure whether President Obama is lying, is using words just nuanced enough to avoid the label of a "lie" but which intentionally mislead, or if he's really just that ignorant. I like to give the benefit of the doubt to people, but when all your options mean you're either a liar, a scumbag, or a fool then I'm not sure which is the most charitable?

Over at the UK's Telegraph, Con Coughlin, the paper's defense editor, takes on Obama's SOTU address:

There are times, such as last night's State of the Union address, when I think President Barack Obama has taken leave of reality. How he can claim, when half the Arab world is being overrun by Islamist militants, that al-Qaeda is now a shadow of its former self is beyond comprehension.

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Is he forgetting that it is only five months since Chris Stevens, the US ambassador to Libya, died following an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi by al-Qaeda militants? Is he unaware of al-Qaeda's takeover of large swathes of North Africa? Hasn't anyone told him that al-Qaeda is now playing an active role in trying to overthrow the Assad regime in Damascus, as well as infiltrating other Islamist movements in places such as Egypt and Tunisia?

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:27 AM | Comments |